Cyber threats

  • Data Security: Best Practices for SMBs in Today’s Cyber-connected World

    Ransomware, malware, data theft, disruption of service, leakage of personal and financial data of employees and customers have, unfortunately, become common news for large as well as smaller businesses. Increasingly, small and medium-sized businesses’ (SMBs) websites and applications have also become victims of automated programs (also known as “bots”) attempting to install malware. In fact, since the FBI began collecting statistics in 2013, SMBs have lost more than $3 billion … Read More

  • CSEU 2018

    Pell Center Brings Cybersecurity Awareness to the Forefront in US & Europe

    Newport, RI – For the fourth year in a row, the Pell Center joined the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign – a far-reaching awareness and education initiative about the importance of cybersecurity at home as well as in the workplace. Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri spearheaded the initiative for the Pell Center as part of the ongoing Cyber Leadership Project and participated in multiple discussions and … Read More

  • Seminar & Panel Discussion: “Security Transformation and Cyber Risk Management”

    Cyber threats are ever evolving and our organizations must constantly adjust to the new threat environment. Security protection used to start (and often end) with firewalls to create an impenetrable outside that would not let anyone or anything in. After several breaches, however, this mindset shifted from no longer having a “hard coated outside and a soft delicious inside,” to the next evolution of comprehensive vulnerability management. 2017 was an … Read More

  • Local executives engaged in cyber tabletop exercise

    Pell Center Hosts Cybersecurity and Healthcare Exercise Ahead of Real-Life Global Cyber Attack

    Senior leaders and security professionals from over 30 healthcare organizations in New England, as well as representatives of the R.I. Department of Health, R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, R.I. Commerce Corporation, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, and law enforcement agencies convened at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University on May 10, 2017 to participate in a cybersecurity tabletop exercise focused on specific challenges and potential responses to … Read More

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    Hacking the Election

    “Four decades ago, breaking into the files of the Democratic National Committee meant burglarizing the headquarters at the Watergate hotel. Today’s spies and saboteurs can breach the DNC’s computer network far more quietly … [and] the DNC breach may not be the last hack of the 2016 election season.” – WIRED In recent years, state-sponsored hackers and proxies have breached targets from the White House to the State Department to … Read More

  • Title page of "Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons from the Boardroom," a publication from the Pell Center

    Pell Center Releases New White Paper, “Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons for the Boardroom”

    Newport, R.I. – Cyber risk is an underrated but all too real threat to organizations of every size, industry, and sector. From the boardroom to the server room, employees and board members must be aware of cyber risk and play an active role in the overall security posture of an organization operating in the digital age. In a newly released White Paper titled, “Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons for the Boardroom,” … Read More

  • Image of the American Flag covered in ones and zeroes and cracked in pieces to represent a cracked cyber code.

    Why the Democratic Party hacks should concern all Americans: Picks of the Week

    Dem party hacks shows neither side is serious about cybersecurity | The Hill Is Hacking Hillary Clinton Russian Payback for the ‘Freedom to Connect’? | Net Politics – Council on Foreign Relations By November, Russian Hackers Could Target Voting Machines | Lawfare   The news that the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign were hacked—allegedly by Russian state-sponsored hackers or proxies—has generated … Read More

  • Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri looks away from the camera at a cybersecurity conference in Rome, Italy.

    Senior Fellow Engages with International Cybersecurity Community

    Newport, R.I. — Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri spent the month of June traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East to speak at three different international conferences on cybersecurity and to engage with world-renowned experts and policy-makers shaping the future of Internet governance and security.  Spidalieri shares her account of the trip: Capitalizing on the research carried out in the past year on cyber leadership development and countries’ cyber preparedness … Read More