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  • Surviving a Cyber Attack: Preparedness and Resiliency in Action

    Newport, R.I.—Over 50 senior leaders and a small group of selected students gathered at the Pell Center on December 8, 2015 to participate in a four-hour cybersecurity tabletop exercise. The event, specifically designed for corporate executives and general counsels, was part of the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative, and focused on best practices for incident response and mitigation. The exercise was led by a panel of experts, including: Ellen Giblin, … Read More

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    Racial tension, explosion of nativism: The 2015 Pell Center National Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – The resurgence of racial tension across the United States and the explosion of nativism in American politics have been named the Pell Center National Story of the Year. These often-intertwined narratives dominated headlines and the public discourse during much of 2015, a year that saw the country still grappling with issues of identity, race and religion that predate the founding of the republic. From the police shooting … Read More

  • Woman holding a digital tablet and a credit card in seasonal attire on a shag rug with milk and Christmas cookies.

    Picks of the Week: Protect Yourself from a Digital Grinch During the Holiday Season!

    Don’t Get Grinched by Cybercrime During the Holiday Season | The New York Times Retailers Scrambling Against Latest Credit Card-Stealing Malware | Fortune Avoid Scams This Holiday Season | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement With exactly two weeks left in the holiday season, online sales—which, according to comScore, surpassed $3 billion on Cyber Monday, making it the largest online spending day in history—are expected to bring in at least $1 billion … Read More

  • Senior Fellow contributes to international publication on countries’ Cyber Readiness

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri provided extensive research and analysis for a new international publication on countries’ cyber readiness levels and the practical steps national leaders can take to protect their increasingly interconnected society and digital economy. Newport, R.I. – The “Cyber Readiness Index 2.0, A Plan for Cyber Readiness: A Baseline and an Index,” published by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS), examines 125 countries and evaluates … Read More

  • Photo of the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, Paws, outside of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

    Pell Center Names Pawsox as 2015 Rhode Island Story of the Year

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox and the team’s possible move from that city, potentially to another state, has been selected as the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Story of the Year. The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the Pawsox have been a Rhode Island sports and cultural institution for decades. So it was fitting that the February announcement of the sale of the team … Read More

  • In this photo illustration, a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen with ammunition on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

    Picks of the Week: 354 Mass Shootings in 336 Days

    Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows | Mother Jones How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur? On Average, Every Day, Records Show | New York Times “Thoughts and Prayers” Backlash After San Bernardino Shooting | NBC News At the time of this writing, we still don’t know the motive of the murderers in San Bernardino, California. But we do know their means. As in 353 other instances in the … Read More

  • Dr. William Issel, the John E. McGinty chair in History delivers his lecture on peace and justice in the 1960s from the podium in Bazarsky Lecture Hall.

    Peace With Justice – Bishop Mark J Hurley, the Black Power Movement, & Radical Justice in the Sixties

    “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”(Pope Paul VI) Dr. William Issel is not only a teacher in Salve Regina University’s History department, but also a witness of the Civil Rights Movement himself.  At the November 18th Pell Center lecture Peace with Justice —Bishop Mark J Hurley, the Black Power Movement, and Radical Justice … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: How Paris Attacks Will Change Cybersecurity

    What the Paris Attacks Means for the Future of Cybersecurity | Fortune Poisoning the Internet won’t Stop more Paris Attacks | The Christian Science Monitor After Paris, Encryption will be a Key Issue in the 2016 Race | Wired The recent terrorist attacks in France, Egypt, and Lebanon have rapidly reopened the global debate on the appropriate balance between national security and our privacy online. While many of us believe … 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

  • Photo of the national flags gallery at the entrance to UN with the UN logo superimposed above it

    Picks of the Week: The World Still Needs the United Nations

    Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort | New York Times Intelligence Community Assessment: Global Food Security | Office of the Director of National Intelligence Angry China Shadows U.S. Warship Near Man-Made Islands | Reuters   This week, the world could have marked with great fanfare the 70th birthday of the United Nations—the world body created by the victors of the Second World War to provide … Read More