Cyber Leadership

  • Newport Daily News: “Focus on Cybersecurity”

    NEWPORT, R.I. The Newport Daily News reported on the Pell Center’s National Cybersecurity Framework panel discussion held on Tuesday, March 11. Representative Jim Langevin (Dem., RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Dem., RI) attended the panel discussion and gave keynote addresses:  Agents of foreign governments  and businesses tap into U.S. computer  systems and help themselves to product specifications and other information  that helps businesses in their countries  compete on the world market, … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Panel Conveys National Leaders to Discuss Measures to Protect Networks and Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

    NEWPORT, RI – Over 100 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private industry, public agencies, law enforcement, and universities gathered at the Pell Center on March 10, 2014 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: The National Cybersecurity Framework and Beyond.” The event was the first event of its kind hosted in New England since the release of the National Cybersecurity Framework on February 12, 2014, … Read More

  • Improving Cybersecurity for Companies in Rhode Island: A Path Forward

    NEWPORT, R.I. — The first RI Corporate Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise, held at the Pell Center on October 9th, was a major event for cybersecurity in a small state. Many industry leaders attended the exercise demonstrating their commitment to cybersecurity and their desire to build upon existing informal relationships to improve the overall security posture of the RI private sector. Today, the Pell Center released the After Action Report (AAR) compiled … Read More

  • Dozens of Senior Private Sector Leaders Gather at the Pell Center for Rhode Island’s first major Corporate Cybersecurity Exercise

    Newport, RI—Over three dozen senior private sector executives gathered at the Pell Center on October 9, 2013 to participate in a six-hour, discussion-based cybersecurity table top exercise. The event marked the start of the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative, which aims to bring together senior leaders from various industries—defense, financial services, technology, health care, etc.—who can affect change and make Rhode Island’s corporate community a national model of cybersecurity leadership. … Read More

  • Pell Center initiative will help Rhode Island’s corporate community defend against cyber threats

    By Matt Boxler NEWPORT, R.I. – An initiative designed to help the Rhode Island business community become more resilient and better prepared to mitigate and prevent cyber threats has been organized by Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. Beginning next week, the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative will include seminars, a six-hour table top exercise for senior leaders and executives, and a follow-up workshop planned over … Read More

  • The Human Side of Cybercrime (OpEd)

    What do cyber criminals, Greek gods, and Facebook have in common? They are all connected to “Zeus,” a Trojan horse malware program first identified in 2007, when it was used to steal information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and that now may be lurking in a link on rigged Facebook pages. Along with phishing campaigns, Trojans are the principal method chosen by cyber criminals to attack users, allowing them … Read More

  • This week in a Nutshell: Celebrities Get Hacked as Government Puts Cybersecurity on the Spotlight

    The vulnerability of the nation’s cyber networks were made clear on Tuesday after a website claimed it had stolen the financial information of high-profile Americans, including first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and rapper Jay-Z. The website, hosted from a “.su” URL, posted the individuals’ names, addresses, and other sensitive information including credit reports and Social Security numbers. Other targets whose information has been posted on the site include … Read More

  • State of the Union Address and Cybersecurity Executive Order: President Obama Takes Action to Protect America’s Critical Infrastructure

    In his first State of the Union address since the election, President Obama warned: “We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.” The President then added: “we cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did … Read More

  • The Future of Digital Security: Will Your Devices Soon be Obsolete?

    The rapid rise in the availability of ever smaller, inexpensive, and increasingly powerful networked devices has revolutionized how—and how quickly—we create, process, store, and share information.  These developments have transformed our world to such an extent it’s hard to recall what life was like before.  Despite their rapid growth, however, the security challenges that have been created as a result of their expansion—password hacking, phishing emails, Internet fraud, identity theft, … Read More

  • Department of Homeland Security to Java Users: Beware of Cyber Attacks!

    Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber division, called US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) issued a warning to users of the popular Java programming language—a coding platform that has existed for decades—because of vital security holes it may create. The alert said that Java 7 Update 10 and earlier versions of the software contain a critical vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands … Read More

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