Cyber Leadership

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Pell Center

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicks Off In Nation’s Capital | PR Newswire Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 | The White House Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission Report Delivers Plan to Enhance Cybersecurity Efforts Statewide and Nationally | Rhode Island Office of the Governor October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, in which citizens and businesses alike are encouraged to learn more about online safety and information security … Read More

  • New Pell Center Adjunct Fellows Bring Additional Expertise

    Newport, R.I.—Three accomplished professionals have joined the Pell Center as fellows. Brandon Catalan and Paul McGreevy will be contributing their expertise to the cyber leadership project and the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), whereas Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack, USA (Ret.) will provide insight on international affairs, especially the West’s relationship with Russia. “Over the past few years, the Pell Center has built a cohort of thought leaders … Read More

  • Roger Cressey speaks about cybersecurity at the Pell Center.

    Pell Center Lecture Discusses U.S Government and Private Sector Cybersecurity Efforts, the Impacts of the NIST Framework

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a major cybersecurity lecture this month that featured Roger Cressey, an internationally known cybersecurity expert and counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, and Kiersten Todt, President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC. Over 50 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors took part in the event to discuss cyber risk management and the impacts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s … Read More

  • Francesca Spidalieri stands in a decorative archway at the 2015 Global Conference on CyberSpace

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Meets World Leaders and Experts Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri recently traveled to Europe for the Global Conference on CyberSpace and to meet with world-renowned cybersecurity subject-matter experts and policy-makers discussing the future of Internet governance and security. Spidalieri shares her account of her trip: Armed with information, experience, and lessons-learned from my research work in the United States, I embarked on a quest to Europe to shed light on some of the most … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Roundtable Discussion Addresses Supply Chain Risks and Mitigation Strategies

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a cybersecurity roundtable discussion on April 7 in collaboration with New England’s premier electricity and gas utility company, National Grid, as part of its ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). This particular event explored some of the cybersecurity risks of working with third party vendors and how to evaluate and manage them to enable business objectives. Mr. Michael Andreozzi, IS Compliance Manager, and Mr. Scott … Read More

  • Pell Center Panel Discussion Addresses Cybersecurity Workforce Management: Challenges & Solutions

    NEWPORT, RI—Over 50 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors, law enforcement, and academia gathered at the Pell Center on March 10 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion entitled “Enterprise Cybersecurity Workforce Management.” The event, part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), brought together cybersecurity experts and practitioners to discuss ways to optimize enterprise resources, prioritize essential security tasks, and develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy—one … Read More

  • Pell Center Cyber Leadership Fellow Takes Part in Data Privacy Day 2015 Conference

    Data Privacy Day (DPD), an international effort centered on respecting privacy and safeguarding data, was celebrated on January 28 in commemoration of the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Across the country and around the globe, people celebrated DPD with events aimed at raising consumer and corporate awareness about data privacy issues, including the Internet of Things (IoT), data breach … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Seminar Discusses Main Takeaways from the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

    NEWPORT, R.I. – As part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), the Pell Center recently hosted a cybersecurity seminar in collaboration with Verizon focused on major cyber-attack patterns and how to help businesses improve their defenses in combating them. As identified by Verizon in the 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), today’s cyber attacks happen faster and more frequently than ever. Thousands of breaches are attempted every … Read More