Cybersecurity

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Conference Discusses Industrial Espionage and Cyber Counter Strikes

    NEWPORT, RI—Over 100 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors, law enforcement, and academia gathered at the Pell Center on May 20, 2014 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion on “Cybersecurity and Cyber Counter Strikes: Concepts and Laws.” The event brought together internationally renowned experts and cybersecurity practitioners to discuss numerous key cyber-operation concepts, including the legal implications of active defense, cyber-countermeasures vis-a-vis the Tallinn Manual, and how “privatized cyber counter strikes” may … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion: Cybersecurity and Cyber Counter Strikes: Concepts and Laws

    “Hacking back” techniques–engaging in cyber intrusions on the initial adversary–are becoming increasingly appealing to companies that wish to identify and expose hackers, and potentially cripple the operations of cyber attackers. Companies employing these techniques, however, need to consider potential legal exposure and ethical issues, and be mindful that these activities may incite hackers frustrated with such countermeasures to hit even harder. This panel discussion will review current international and domestic thinking and their relationship to … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar Teaches Companies How To Foster A Cyber-Aware Culture

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a cybersecurity awareness seminar on April 22 in collaboration with New England’s premier electricity and gas utility company, National Grid, as part of its ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. This particular seminar focused on how effective security strategies within a company—not merely cybersecurity awareness—can help bolster overall cybersecurity by changing internal culture and attitudes towards cyber threats. In other words, companies from start-ups to … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture Explores Central Issues and Characters of Cybersecurity

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Last night, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, Peter W. Singer, discussed his latest book “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know” and took his captivated audience on a fascinating tour of the central issues and characters of cybersecurity. The event was part of the ongoing Pell Center lecture series on Cyber Leadership. “A generation ago, ‘cyberspace’ was … Read More

  • 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

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