Cyber Leadership

  • 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

  • Second Italian Renaissance Revival Rural Villa Style, IRS, Washington DC

    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

  • Chinese and Russian flags in juxtaposition

    A Pivot to the East in the Struggle for Power in Cyberspace

    As the U.S. relationship with China and Russia continues to deteriorate—cyber-espionage accusations straining relations with the former, the crisis in Ukraine complicating ties with the latter—the two Eastern superpowers joined forces last week to sign a new cybersecurity pact. The deal between China and Russia unites our main cyberspace adversaries and signals Russia’s pivot to the East, all of which will likely exacerbate cybersecurity tensions all around. According to the … Read More

  • Francesca Spidalieri stands in a decorative archway at the 2015 Global Conference on CyberSpace

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Meets World Leaders and Experts Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri recently traveled to Europe for the Global Conference on CyberSpace and to meet with world-renowned cybersecurity subject-matter experts and policy-makers discussing the future of Internet governance and security. Spidalieri shares her account of her trip: Armed with information, experience, and lessons-learned from my research work in the United States, I embarked on a quest to Europe to shed light on some of the most … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Roundtable Discussion Addresses Supply Chain Risks and Mitigation Strategies

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a cybersecurity roundtable discussion on April 7 in collaboration with New England’s premier electricity and gas utility company, National Grid, as part of its ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). This particular event explored some of the cybersecurity risks of working with third party vendors and how to evaluate and manage them to enable business objectives. Mr. Michael Andreozzi, IS Compliance Manager, and Mr. Scott … Read More

  • Is Cybersecurity Legislation Finally Possible?

    Last week, the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously in favor of a long-anticipated cyber threat data-sharing bill, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA). The bill—which draws largely upon the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) that the Senate Intelligence Committee passed two weeks ago—would grant legal liability protections for companies sharing cyber threat data with the government through a civilian portal. This official portal, most likely to be … Read More

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