• Picks of the Week: What the Panama Paper Breach Means for Your Organization Cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity Lessons Learned From ‘Panama Papers’ Breach | Forbes

    What the Panama Paper Hack Means for Worldwide Cybersecurity | Massive Media

    The Panama Papers Wake Up Call | Security Week

    In the wake of the revelations from the so-called “Panama Papers,” the world of the rich and powerful has been reeling. A single cyber attack against Mossack Fonseca—a Panamanian law firm that was virtually unknown to the public—has sent a tsunami around the world, already toppling one world leader with more turbulence likely to come.

    The attacker absconded with such a vast trove of confidential, attorney-client information—including over 4.8 million emails, 2.2 million PDFs, and 2.6 terabytes of information—that journalists and other investigators have been reviewing it for more than a year. The resulting leak was the largest data security breach in history, and has made previous revelations by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden look small and limited by comparison.

    The leaked information allegedly details the ways some of the world’s most powerful figures, including presidents, kings, prime ministers, their relatives, and close associates in more than 40 countries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Americas, have used offshore companies to hide income and avoid paying taxes. Some of the information dated back almost 40 years to a period before the Internet even existed.

    The identity of the attacker(s), however, remains a mystery. Perhaps it was a company insider with access to the relevant passwords and files? Or maybe a skilled attacker, well-versed in the intricacies of cyber espionage?

    Experts believe that neither profile is accurate, because the Mossack Fonseca cyber attack was actually quite simple. So simple, in fact, that even a script kiddie with limited hacking knowledge could have done it. The leak stemmed from known vulnerabilities in older versions of popular open source web server software Drupal and WordPress that had not been updated and that can easily be exploited. In fact, outdated versions of software that organizations haven’t properly patched is the most common cybersecurity vulnerability today. In addition, Mossack Fonseca’s web server was not behind a firewall and wasn’t separated from their mail servers, and they did not encrypt their emails, which is particularly egregious given the sensitivity of their clients’ information. In other words, Mossack Fonseca failed to take even the most rudimentary steps to protect their confidential client data. And, even if it had put their web server behind a firewall and separated it from their mail servers, hackers would have still been able to exploit their unpatched vulnerabilities to access data on internal systems—it would simply have taken them a bit longer.

    In addition, some of the security mistakes Mossack Fonseca made were violations of common cyber hygiene.

    So, what can your organization learn from this latest hack and do to prevent a similar breach?

    • Patch, patch, patch—ensure that admins have applied all security patches to all software, not just the software that faces the Internet. Your patching regimen should be prompt and thorough – but never count on all software to be properly patched.
    • Train your employees on password protection (and don’t store passwords in a file called passwords!)—require regular changing of passwords (at least quarterly). If you don’t already have a policy in place governing the creation, use, and sharing of passwords for your organization, establish one. Encourage employees to create complex passwords, never to share them, and to implement additional layers of security, such as dual-factor authentication, adding fingerprint locks on computers, single use codes, etc.
    • Train your employees on recognizing phishing emails—fraudulent emails are still a major attack vector. Cyber criminals obtain organization-wide data from just one employee falling for a false email request. Include in your policy what work can be done on personal devices (such as smartphones and tablets), and what work must be done on workplace computers protected by a strong firewall and good virus software.
    • Do not give everybody access to everything—put your eggs in multiple baskets, classify your documents, and segment your networks. Too many organizations have grown their networks with maximum convenience in mind, effectively giving access to everything to everyone. Unfortunately, that means access to outsiders as well if there is even a small chink in your cyber-defenses.
    • Do not store data beyond what you need—if your organization collects some Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security numbers and credit card information, do not store more than you actually need and are willing to protect.
    • Do not use email for sensitive communications—the biggest lesson already learned from the Sony Corporation hack should have been to avoid writing anything that could potentially incriminate or embarrass you or your business. A casual insult, side comment, inappropriate joke or any similar communication, taken in the context of the intended audience, may not offend; however, written data should be considered permanent and available to a broad audience.
    • Do not ignore warning signs and risks—if something seems wrong, don’t ignore it. Take a screenshot, write down the error message, call support, run an antivirus scan. Sometimes it turns out to be nothing, or even a new feature you didn’t know about. Other times it means you are under attack.
    • Do not go another day without an incident response plan—there are only two types of organizations: those that have been breached, and those who don’t know that they have been breached. Any responsible organization should be prepared to respond, mitigate, and remediate a cyber attacks, and this should start by having a clearly-defined and well-exercised incident response plan.

    – Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow

  • April 17, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

     

    The third episode of “Story in the Public Square” will be featured on this weekend’s edition of White House Chronicle. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

    hip hop warsThis week, “Story in the Public Square” welcomes guest Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She is the author of “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America” as well as “The Hip Hop Wars,” both of which sparked public narrative when they were released and continue to do so today.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

  • March 27, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

     

    New York Times staff writer and best-selling author Dan Barry, who shared a Pulitzer Prize early in his career at The Providence Journal and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist while at The Times, will be the guest Sunday on “Story in the Public Square,” a monthly feature of the national PBS show “White House Chronicle“. This is the second episode of “Story in the Public Square,” which launched on March 6, 2016. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

    Boys in the Bunkhouse hardcover coverBarry will be talking about his work and soon-to-be-released next book, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland,” which is receiving pre-publication critical acclaim. Set to be released May 17, 2016 by HarperCollins, Barry’s latest book tells the story of dozens of men with intellectual disabilities who spent decades working at an Iowa turkey-processing plant, living in an old schoolhouse, and enduring exploitation and abuse – before finding justice and achieving freedom.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

    In Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, the program airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS, Digital 36.1, and other carriers; and 7 p.m. on PBS Learn, Digital 36.2, and other carriers.

    For more information on White House Chronicle and to find your station, visit whchronicle.com.

  • Pulitzer Prize winning image taken by Javier Manzano of Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as light streams through bullet holes in a wall.

    Javier Manzano to receive 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

     

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, whose career has taken him to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Nigeria, among many other places, has been named the 2016 winner of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue.

    Javier ManzanoAs the fourth winner of the prize, conferred by the Story in the Public Square program at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center, Manzano joins journalist and two-time Pulitzer winner Dana Priest, who received the inaugural award in 2013; Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor Danny Strong, the 2014 winner; and last year’s honoree, Lisa Genova, the best-selling author of Still Alice and three other novels.

    “I am deeply honored to be receiving the 2016 Pell Center Prize for my work as a journalist,” Manzano said. “Be it a local or international investigative story, a feature or in my case documentary films and photography, we all strive to bring to the public human stories that spark or further important conversations or remind us that certain truths need not be forgotten.

    “We often believe that events such as conflict or man-made human disasters happen to ‘others in faraway places’ and do not have an impact on our far-removed lives across the world. They do. Policy can be changed. Man-made disasters can be averted. Individuals living in democratic countries have a say in the foreign policy of their own nations. I am thrilled that Story in the Public Square recognizes this type of storytelling.”

    “Javier’s astonishing images tell some of the most important stories of our time in a way that no other media can,” said G. Wayne Miller, Story in the Public Square director, Pell Center visiting fellow and Providence Journal staff writer. “His courage in capturing them is extraordinary. We are thrilled to be bringing Javier to Rhode Island to accept the Pell Center Prize.”

    “It is impossible not be deeply moved by the human dramas captured by Javier’s work,” said Pell Center executive director Jim Ludes. “He alternately enlightens, amazes, disturbs – and always prompts deeper thought and discussion about resolving some of the planet’s most pressing problems.”

    Manzano’s work can be viewed on his web site: www.javiermanzano.com.

    A native of Mexico, Manzano, 40, holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Loras College in Iowa and a bachelor’s in photojournalism and documentary film production from California’s Brooks Institute of Photography. After internships at several American newspapers, Manzano was hired by the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. When it folded, in 2009, Manzano began his independent career. He is currently based in the Middle East.

    Manzano won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photo, distributed through Agence France-Presse, of Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as light streams through bullet holes in a wall. Among his 12 other awards are two World Press Photo Awards, in 2010 and 2013, and the 2013 Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.

    Manzano will speak, present some of his work, and receive the Pell Center Prize in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Pell Center on the campus of Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Details about the event will be released in the coming weeks.

    While in Rhode Island, Manzano will be interviewed for an episode of “Story in the Public Square,” a new monthly feature of the national PBS show “White House Chronicle.” The show is taped at the Providence studios of Rhode Island PBS.

    Founded in 2012, Story in the Public Square is an initiative to celebrate, study and tell stories that matter. A partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, the program sponsors public seminars and discussions, annually names a local and national story of the year, and is guided by a culturally and creatively diverse Story Board.

    Image courtesy of Agence France-Presse.

  • March 6, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

     

    “Story in the Public Square” will debut on this week’s edition of White House Chronicle. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

    The Pell Center’s Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome August Cole as the first guest of this special edition of White House Chronicle. Cole is the co-author of Ghost Fleet, a novel of the next world war, a former journalist with the Wall Street Journal, and most recently a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, working to mine narrative fiction for insights about the future of war. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management-consulting firm focused on the defense and aerospace sectors.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

    In Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, the program airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS, Digital 36.1, and other carriers; and 7 p.m. on PBS Learn, Digital 36.2, and other carriers.

    For more information on White House Chronicle and to find your station, visit whchronicle.com.

     

     

  • Podcast: Jonathan Morgenstein

    Adjunct Fellow Jonathan Morgenstein spoke to Executive Director Jim Ludes via Skype to discuss his work bringing solar power to the Middle East. The goal of Empowerment Solar is to foster energy independence and economic prosperity for individuals and business owners. For more information, visit www.empowermentsolar.com.

     

     

    Jonathan Morganstein Solar Panels

  • “Story in the Public Square” debuts March 6, 2016 on White House Chronicle

     

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will partner with “White House Chronicle,” a national PBS show with global reach, to produce episodes of “Story in the Public Square.”

    Hosted by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, visiting fellow and director of the Story in the Public Square initiative, the new episodes will feature interviews with today’s best print, screen, music and other storytellers about their creative process and how their stories impact public understanding and policy.

    “Last year, after shooting two pilots of a stand-alone series with best-selling author Lisa Genova and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer Dan Barry, we decided a partnership with a high-profile existing show would be the best road to travel,” said  Miller, a staff writer at The Providence Journal. “Subsequent conversations with Llewellyn King and Linda Gasparello, co-hosts of ‘White House Chronicle,’ led to this great opportunity.”

    “White House Chronicle” will present a special-edition episode each month featuring Story in the Public Square.

    “We created Story in the Public Square four years ago to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter,” said Ludes. “We are thrilled to be working with Llewellyn and Linda, two tremendous storytellers in their own right, to reach a national – and international – audience.”

    “Through our partnership with Jim Ludes of The Pell Center and G. Wayne Miller, a distinguished author, filmmaker and journalist, we open the door to two exciting minds. Embedding Story in the Public Square into ‘White House Chronicle’ will add a new dimension to the program, which Linda and I have been producing and presenting for 20 years,” said Llewellyn King, who is also the creator and executive producer of the program.

    “Episodes of Story in the Public Square on the program will show how ‘stories’ can shape our history, mold our culture, shine a light into dark corners, and provide comfort and healing. Telling stories is the very stuff of civilization,” King added.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

    In Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, the program airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS, Digital 36.1, and other carriers; and 7 p.m. on PBS Learn, Digital 36.2, and other carriers.

    The first episode of “Story in the Public Square,” featuring guest August Cole, will air on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on PBS (WSBE) in Rhode Island. Cole is the co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council where he directs the Art of Future War project, mining narrative fiction and visual media for insight into the future of conflict.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. More at pellcenter.org/story-in-the-public-square.

     

  • Podcast: Cybersecurity Education with Dave Smith

    Dave Smith, Chair of the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security Department, sat down with Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes to discuss cybersecurity from an academic standpoint. The podcast addresses some of the reasons cybersecurity is key to not only to the Administration of Justice degree but other disciplines offered by Salve Regina. Salve offers a concentration in Cybersecurity and Intelligence for graduate students enrolled in the M.S. in  Administration of Justice program.

     

     

     

  • Logo for 100 years of the Pulitzer Prizes featuring a black and white theme with a circular emblem.

    Grant from the Pulitzer Prizes to Support Story in the Public Square

    Newport, RI – The Pell Center is part of the winning team of a $45,739 grant from the Pulitzer Prize Board to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative for the program series What is the 21st Century Essay?

    An exploration of the changing nature of journalism and the humanities in the digital age, What is the 21st Century Essay? programming will thematically focus on environmental issues because of their urgency and relevance to our health, communities, and economy.

    Support to the Pell Center will benefit Story in the Public Square, a year-round initiative to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter. Throughout the year, research and events help inform the project and our broader community about the power of storytelling in public life.

    “We’re honored to be part of this great team and delighted that the Pulitzer Prize board saw the importance of the work we’re all doing,” said Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina. “Thank you to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for organizing this effort with so many wonderful partners from Rhode Island.”

    To learn more about Story in the Public Square and keep up to date on scheduled events, please visit Story in the Public Square and sign up for our email newsletter.

  • Photograph of a full crowd intently listening to panelists at the Laudato Si event in Bazarksy Lecture Hall.

    Spring 2016 Lecture Series Announced

     

    Today the Pell Center announced the calendar of events for Spring 2016, addressing topics ranging from the Cold War to the Narragansett Indian Tribe and many in between. Professionals from a wide array of areas will share their knowledge with our audiences. All lectures are free and open to public. We request that you RSVP in advance on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page. Please call 401-341-2927 or email pellcenter@salve.edu with any questions or concerns.

     

    this-changes-everything-film1This Changes Everything – An Avi Lews Film

    January 26, 2016, 7:00 pm

    O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    “Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.”

    RSVP.

     

    Justice and Mercy: Criminal Justice Dilemmas

    March 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

    O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Panelist: Dr. Leo Carroll, Department Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Rhode Island; Dr. Donna Murch, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University; Dr. Alex Gerould, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, San Francisco State University

    The challenge associated with understanding the intersection of justice and mercy is at the heart of Pope Francis’ April 11, 2015 announcement of the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy. This panel brings together experts from Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California to explore the complex relationships among race, class, and the criminal justice system in America today. The participants are highly experienced scholars and authors of recently published books that address this complex set of issues.  Leo Carroll is the author of Lawful Order: Correctional Crisis and Reform; Donna Murch is completing a book titled Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs; Alex Gerould is the coauthor, with former 49er football star Kermit Alexander, of The Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption.  A range of issues, from the debate over how to understand and respond to high rates of imprisonment of black males, to the morality of the death penalty, will be addressed.

    RSVP.

     

    Watershed in Focus

    March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

    O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Panelist: TBD

     

    The Great Society at 50: Lyndon Johnson and the Progress of Racial Justice in America

    April 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture HallW403-17a

    William Issel, Ph.D. – John E. McGinty Chair in History 2015-2016, Salve Regina University

    In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched an ambitious program to use federal government power to make sweeping reforms in American life.  This lecture describes LBJ’s historic achievements in civil rights and the subsequent 50 year long political struggle to define and implement racial justice in the aftermath of the Great Society program.

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    Cold War Redux?

    April 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

    O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Dr. Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia

    The relationship between Russia and the United States is complex.  The United States relies on Russia as a partner in fighting extremism, in dealing with Iran, and even in eliminating the chemical weapons stockpiles of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad.  But Russia has its own agenda internationally, and increasingly Russian President Vladimir Putin is asserting Russian interest in regions from Crimea to Syria with military force.
    Join Dr. Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, for a candid conversation about the reality of Russian-American relations, the choices facing U.S. policy makers, and the challenges that will greet the next American president.

    RSVP.

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