Pell Center plans cyber-defense workshop

NEWPORT – The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University will hold a free seminar on Jan. 15 on “Building a Resilient Cyber Workforce.”

Questions to be examined at the session include, “Where will the next generation of front-line defenders rise from? And why are we still facing a shortage despite the tech and cybersecurity industries being among the most in-demand, profitable and critical fields in modern history?” according to the Pell Center website.

Another seminar topic is fostering knowledge growth among current cybersecurity staff and identifying the proper candidates to respond to the needs of an organization.

O’Shea Bowens, founder and CEO of Null Hat Security in North Providence, will speak at the event. In addition to giving an overview of the cybersecurity industry and its needs, he’ll discuss how to find skills shortages within an organization and how to set up effective corporate cybersecurity teams. Bowens will also offer tips to onboard new staff and ways to connect with the larger, local cybersecurity community.

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The session will run from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Pell Center, at the campus’s Young Building, located at 518 Bellevue Ave. in Newport.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.