• Newport Daily News: “Focus on Cybersecurity”

    NEWPORT, R.I. The Newport Daily News reported on the Pell Center’s National Cybersecurity Framework panel discussion held on Tuesday, March 11. Representative Jim Langevin (Dem., RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Dem., RI) attended the panel discussion and gave keynote addresses:

     Agents of foreign governments  and businesses tap into U.S. computer  systems and help themselves to product specifications and other information  that helps businesses in their countries  compete on the world market, according  to experts in the field of cybersecurity as well as federal legislators struggling to combat the practice.

    “Intellectual property theft exceeds in value more than $250 billion a year,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. “It is the greatest illicit transfer of wealth in human history and it has never been prosecuted.”

    To critics who claim the U.S. also taps into other countries’ computer systems, Whitehouse responded: “We don’t steal intellectual properties to give our businesses  a leg up on the international competition.”

    Whitehouse was one of two keynote speakers at a cybersecurity discussion hosted Monday morning by the Pell Center  for International Relations and Public  Policy at Salve Regina University. The panel discussion was called “Cyber Leadership:  Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity — the National Cybersecurity  Framework and Beyond.”

    To read the full article, please visit The Newport Daily News’ website.

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