Cybersecurity

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    Testimony from Pell Center Executive Director on RI Data Breach Notification Legislation

    On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes offered testimony on Rhode Island Senate Bill 134–a legislative proposal that drew from work done at the Pell Center to improve RI data breach notification.  His testimony, as prepared, follows below: *                *                * Testimony of James M. Ludes, Ph.D. Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University Before the RI State Senate … Read More

  • U.S. Launches New Cybersecurity Agency

    New Agency to Sniff Out Threats in Cyberspace | The Washington Post U.S. Creates New Agency to Lead Cyberthreat Tracking | Reuters New Agency to Aid Battle Against Hackers | U.S. News In an effort to thwart cyber-attacks and provide government agencies with a repository of cyber intelligence, the Obama Administration announced this week the creation of a new office charged with analyzing and integrating cybersecurity threat data collected by … 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

  • Picks of the Week | The Impact of Cheap Oil; SOTU and Cybersecurity

    Cheap Oil and Security Falling oil prices hit Venezuela, Iran and Russia hard | The Washington Post Russia ends US Nuclear security alliance | The Boston Globe Americans are thrilled with the drop in gas prices over the last six months—I know I am.  Every time I fill my car up for $35 instead of $55, I smile.  But the drop in oil prices that underlies the drop in gasoline … 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

  • President Obama’s State of the Union Echoes Recommendations from the Pell Center

    The Pell Center’s work on cybersecurity has proven to be a step ahead when these topics reach the national stage. President Barack Obama has previewed some of the key issues he plans to discuss during his State of the Union address, especially new cybersecurity initiatives in areas from ID theft to consumer privacy. One of the more notable proposals is the creation of a national data breach notification law that … Read More

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    Pell Center at the Forefront of the National Discussion on Data Breach Notification Law

    By Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership Obama calls for data breach notification law, privacy bill of rights | Computer World Obama: Hackers pose a ‘direct threat’ to families | The Hill Pell Center Cybersecurity Workshop Discusses Necessary Updates to the RI Data Security and Breach Notification Law | Pell Center President Barack Obama recently announced that he plans to propose new cybersecurity initiatives—in areas from ID theft to consumer … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Sony Hack

    Is the Sony Hack Setting a Dangerous Precedent? U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony | The New York Times The Sony Hack Shows How Lawless the Internet Really Is | Harvard Business Review Three weeks after the malicious hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, American intelligence officials have concluded that the cyber attack was both state-sponsored—North Korea is said to be “centrally involved”–and the most destructive cyber … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | North Korea and Sony; Energy and Global Warming; Mental Health and Incarceration

    Did North Korea Really Hack Sony? Did North Korea Really Hack Sony? | Bloomberg Cybersecurity Breaches Raise Questions | The New York Times FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack | Reuters That cyberspace has changed our way of life, the character of national power, the structure of the international system, and the dynamics of geopolitics is no longer up for debate. With cyberspace affecting all these … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Holiday Shopping and Phishing Attacks

    Holiday Shopping and Phishing Attacks By Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership Hackers Devise New Simplified Phishing Method | Dark Reading How to Avoid the “Bah Humbug” of Holiday Scams | CBS News Protect yourself: Holidays are prime time for phishing scams | USA Today Just in time for the holidays, scammers and hackers are preparing a torrent of fake emails that seem just too good not to click on, … Read More