Pell Center

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

IRS Cybersecurity for Tax Professionals

The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has received a three-year grant for more than $130,000 from the American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights (ACTR) to provide cybersecurity awareness and training to individual tax preparers during IRS Tax Forums across the country each year.

Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri along with cybersecurity and data privacy expert Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout, and Linn Freedman, Chair of the Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team and Partner at Robinson+Cole, carefully developed the dedicated material to help sensitize tax preparation professionals to the most common cyber threats and vulnerabilities in the tax industry. The goal is to raise awareness about best practices and cyber hygiene, and provide resources that tax preparers and small businesses can use to protect themselves and their clients’ sensitive information.

The information has been presented annually since 2018 at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums across the country. Hundreds of individual tax preparers attending the Forums received dedicated cybersecurity training. The video has been created to continue to serve tax professionals who were unable to attend, or who would like to revisit the information provided.

2018 Basic Session

2020 Advanced Session

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity for Tax Professionals Advanced Session Slides

Linn Freedman presents the advanced data privacy and cybersecurity session for tax professionals at the 2020 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum.


About The American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights

The American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights was formed in 2011 by the nation’s leading retail tax preparation and tax software companies and financial institutions.  Collectively, ACTR advocates for taxpayer rights and the preservation of our voluntary tax compliance system.  For more information about ACTR, please visit


About Robinson+Cole

Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, an Am Law 200 firm with more than 200 lawyers in nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit