Cyber Leadership

  • Woman holding a digital tablet and a credit card in seasonal attire on a shag rug with milk and Christmas cookies.

    Picks of the Week: Protect Yourself from a Digital Grinch During the Holiday Season!

    Don’t Get Grinched by Cybercrime During the Holiday Season | The New York Times Retailers Scrambling Against Latest Credit Card-Stealing Malware | Fortune Avoid Scams This Holiday Season | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement With exactly two weeks left in the holiday season, online sales—which, according to comScore, surpassed $3 billion on Cyber Monday, making it the largest online spending day in history—are expected to bring in at least $1 billion … Read More

  • Senior Fellow contributes to international publication on countries’ Cyber Readiness

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri provided extensive research and analysis for a new international publication on countries’ cyber readiness levels and the practical steps national leaders can take to protect their increasingly interconnected society and digital economy. Newport, R.I. – The “Cyber Readiness Index 2.0, A Plan for Cyber Readiness: A Baseline and an Index,” published by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS), examines 125 countries and evaluates … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes interviews Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri during a podcast about her cybersecurity report entitled State of the States on Cybersecurity

    Podcast: State of the States on Cybersecurity with Francesca Spidalieri

    Executive Director Jim Ludes sits down with Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri to discuss her most recent study, “State of the States on Cybersecurity.”            

  • Pell Center Releases “State of the States on Cybersecurity” Report

    Eight States Lead the Rest in Cybersecurity Readiness New Pell Center study establishes benchmarks for state government in meeting the cyber threat Newport, R.I. — Eight U.S. states are leading the rest in cybersecurity readiness.  In a new report from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri reviews the efforts of state governments in California, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  These states provide … Read More

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Pell Center

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicks Off In Nation’s Capital | PR Newswire Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 | The White House Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission Report Delivers Plan to Enhance Cybersecurity Efforts Statewide and Nationally | Rhode Island Office of the Governor October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, in which citizens and businesses alike are encouraged to learn more about online safety and information security … Read More

  • Fellow Spotlight: Paul McGreevy

    As one of the Pell Center’s new adjunct fellows for cybersecurity, Paul McGreevy is ready to bring his expertise to the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. McGreevy has spent more than 14 years as a senior management and IT consultant with KPMG LLP, BearingPoint Inc. and Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he specialized in business strategic planning, organizational development and technology architecture for federal agencies. He also served as director of the … Read More

  • Head shot of Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri smiling at the camera

    Gov. Raimondo Appoints Pell Center Senior Fellow to RI Cybersecurity Commission

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership Francesca Spidalieri has been appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo to the newly established Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission (RICC). The new commission is tasked with developing a clear strategy to make Rhode Island more secure and resilient to cyber threats while simultaneously fostering innovation and economic development opportunities in the state.  The Executive Order establishing RICC was signed in May 2015, and … Read More

  • New Pell Center Adjunct Fellows Bring Additional Expertise

    Newport, R.I.—Three accomplished professionals have joined the Pell Center as fellows. Brandon Catalan and Paul McGreevy will be contributing their expertise to the cyber leadership project and the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), whereas Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack, USA (Ret.) will provide insight on international affairs, especially the West’s relationship with Russia. “Over the past few years, the Pell Center has built a cohort of thought leaders … Read More

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    IRS Hacked…Again!

    Although many people may seek to avoid phone calls from the IRS, this is one you’ll want to take—the IRS is contacting nearly 100,000 people because hackers stole their personal (and sensitive) tax information. In addition, the hackers attempted to pilfer an extra 100,000 tax returns but were unsuccessful, according to the agency. The IRS breach is just the latest bullet point in an endless list of cyber exploits that … Read More

  • Roger Cressey speaks about cybersecurity at the Pell Center.

    Pell Center Lecture Discusses U.S Government and Private Sector Cybersecurity Efforts, the Impacts of the NIST Framework

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a major cybersecurity lecture this month that featured Roger Cressey, an internationally known cybersecurity expert and counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, and Kiersten Todt, President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC. Over 50 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors took part in the event to discuss cyber risk management and the impacts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s … Read More

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