Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know

    A generation ago, “cyberspace” was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while … 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

  • National Cybersecurity Framework — Can Standards of Best Practices Drive Organizational Decision-Making with Regards to Cybersecurity?

    Critical systems–the majority of which are owned and operated by the private sector–are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks that could cause large-scale disruption or economic loss. Amid Congress’ inability to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, the National Cybersecurity Framework published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) marks an important step forward in a national effort to combat cybercrime and protect our critical infrastructure. The blueprint for the Framework … Read More

  • Pell Center Fellow Cited in New Cyber Publications

    Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership was recently cited in The Cyber Security Forum Initiative’s (CSFI) report “Senior Cyber Leadership: Why a Technically Competent Workforce is Not Enough.” This report suggests that while significant and necessary emphasis has been placed on technical skills needed within the cyber workforce, little attention has been given to the people that will lead the future workforce. It is leadership that must develop sound strategy … 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

  • Strategic Advantage: Why American Corporations Should Care About Cybersecurity

    Description: Corporate America is constantly being targeted by cyber-attacks and cyber espionage, and its brand integrity and market advantage are increasingly at stake. Melissa Hathaway will discuss several potential targets within our cyberspace—especially private sector networks—common vulnerabilities that allow cyber-attacks to succeed (i.e. poor network security postures or procedures, lack of understanding of the different/layered techniques that are being used to get to us), and what companies can do to … 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

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