Langevin to discuss health care cybersecurity challenges at Pell Center

NEWPORT – U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin will deliver the keynote address at a cybersecurity tabletop exercise hosted by Salve Regina University’s Pell Center on Wednesday, May 10.

The event aims to provide insight into the unique challenges of cybersecurity for health care providers, practitioners, insurers and government agencies, as well as discuss potential responses to cyberthreats in the health care community.

More than 20 health care organizations across New England are registered to participate, Salve Regina said Monday.

Langevin’s address will focus on the future of U.S. health care law and best practices to strengthen cybersecurity in health care organizations.

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Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, creating a slew of new legal and regulatory changes for health care professionals at all levels in the industry.

Gianna Gerace, a spokeswoman for Salve Regina, said the upheaval would not likely impact the Pell Center’s cybersecurity-focused event, which is slated to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at 518 Bellevue Ave. in Newport.

The exercise will run a series of cyberattack scenarios to identify weaknesses common in the health care industry and demonstrate how cyberthreats can infiltrate even the most sophisticated systems.

The Pell Center at Salve Regina will present the event in partnership with PreparedEx, an emergency and security management company based in Middletown; SecureWorks, an information security firm based in Providence; and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.

The cybersecurity tabletop exercise is part of the Pell Center’s ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. For more information, visit or contact Gianna Gerace at (401) 341-7462 or by email at

Kaylen Auer is a PBN contributing writer.