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Pell Center And Salve Regina University Partner with DHS For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Newport, RI – For the sixth year in a row, the Pell Center and Salve Regina University are supporting the annual Department of Homeland Security’s campaign as a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion Organization, participating in a growing global effort, to promote online safety awareness with the theme: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

In support of the campaign, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes will deliver the keynote address on information security & protecting critical information within networks as a part of the Council for Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement 2020 Fall Conference on October 21, 2020.

Additionally, Salve Regina University will hold a virtual Cybersecurity Career Seminar on October 21.  The event will feature a panel discussion with Salve Regina alumni and faculty, including Darwin Salazar, Senior Product Security Analyst at Johnson & Johnson, Giuliana Sandonato, Senior Software Engineer at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Barrett Wann, professor of Administration of Justice, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Intelligence at Salve Regina University and Defense Intelligence Agency Account Executive at CACI International Inc., and Francesca Spidalieri, senior fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center, where she leads the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI).  This seminar will cover cybersecurity careers with discussion on the widening gap between the demand of cybersecurity professionals and the supply of a skilled workforce.  Each panelist will discuss their respective career paths and offer insight into what Salve Regina can offer to students who wish to pursue a cyber-focused degree, either as an undergraduate or a graduate student.  The event is co-sponsored by the Pell Center, the Office of Career Development, and the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Salve Regina. Register for this webinar here.

On October 28th, the Pell Center will host a panel discussion on election security, moderated by Francesca Spidalieri.  The discussion will explore some of the key issues surrounding election security and cyberattacks and cover strategies and solutions to securing the integrity and availability of our elections.  It will also highlight specific measures adopted by many state and local election jurisdictions to keep elections secure and accurate and to ensure public confidence in the work of their local governments.  Panelists include Dr. David Mussington, Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Derek Tisleris, a fellow and counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, and David Levine, who is the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Register for this event here.

To raise community awareness, the Salve Regina’s Cybersecurity Team will be engaging the community in a series of exercises in ways cybercriminals would attempt to infiltrate our systems and networks.  Additionally, the Office of Information Technology at Salve Regina will host an online cybersecurity presentation with a Q&A session.  More programming details and additional cybersecurity awareness resources on Salve Regina’s NCSAM page on the new Campus Portal.

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