Cyber Hygiene

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    When Ransomware Becomes the Smoke Screen for Real Disruption: Picks of the Week

    “Ransomware Remixed: The Song Remains the Same” | Lawfare “Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons” | The New York Times “Global Cyber Attack Likely Cover for Malware Installation in Ukraine” | Reuters In the past month, malicious actors have twice used cyberweapons stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) against countries around the world in a series of escalating cyber attacks that have targeted hospitals, banks, transportation systems, and even nuclear … Read More

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    ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attack was a Wake-up Call: Picks of the Week

      New WannaCry Cyber Attack Could Target Tens of Thousands of Home Computers | Newsweek Hacking Attack Has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout | The New York Times Services Interrupted as Hospitals Push Fixes to WannaCry Ransomware Exploit | Forbes Governments, companies, and security experts from around the world raced to contain the fallout from last week’s audacious global cyberattack amid fears that if they did not succeed, data … Read More

  • Can the Vote Really Be Hacked? Picks of the Week

    No, the presidential election can’t be hacked | CNN US election machine technology is out of date, expert say | CNBC How Clinton, Trump Could Champion Cybersecurity | Dark Reading Although we are aware of the efforts by the Russian government to discredit American democracy and interfere with the election, the chance that a malicious actor can carry out a hack that would change the outcome of the presidential election … Read More

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    Picks of the Week: What Leaders Should Learn from the Clinton’s Email Controversy

    Hillary Clinton’s Email Was Probably Hacked, Experts Say | The New York Times Hillary Clinton Calls for Stronger Cybersecurity Measures | Bloomberg The damning things the FBI said about Clinton’s email | USA Today This week, FBI Director James Comey concluded a year-long probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and her use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State by announcing that he would not be … Read More

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    Picks of the Week: ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Continues to Divide the World

    Google Takes Right to Be Forgotten Battle to France’s Highest Court | The Guardian Google Appeals French ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Order | The Wall Street Journal Ne Privons Pas Les Internautes Français d’Informations Légales | Le Monde The Internet has a long memory. But what if the pictures, data, and personal information that can be found about you online appear unfair, one-sided, or just plain wrong? The so-called “right to be forgotten” has sparked one … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: The White House’s New Cybersecurity Action Plan & Budget

      Cybersecurity National Action Plan | The White House, The Real Reason to Like the President’s Cybersecurity Plan | Net Politics Opinion: $19 billion alone won’t fix Washington’s cybersecurity problem | Passcode President Barack Obama recently announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which would allocate $19 billion for cybersecurity initiatives at federal agencies and would establish a chief information security officer (CISO) for the federal government. The plan, although … Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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