Pell Center to host cybersecurity half-day conference Oct. 17

NEWPORT – The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University will host a National Cyber-Security Awareness Month event on Wednesday, for the fourth year in a row. The half-day conference will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and includes networking, a keynote speaker and panel discussion.

NCSAM is an effort to raise awareness about cybersecurity; the conference addresses the need for cybersecurity as part of company culture and the growing cybersecurity job market and skills gap, along with best practices in recovering from a cyber incident, according to Salve Regina University.

Partnering with the Pell Center for the event is cyberthreat solutions company Anomali, which has offices in Boston; Tech Collective, of Providence; and Tevora, a California-based cybersecurity consulting firm.

Organizer Francesca Spidalieri, head of the Pell Center’s Cyber Leadership Project, will serve as moderator. The event is part of the project’s Rhode Island Corporate Cyber-Security Initiative.

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The keynote address will be delivered by Susan Peediyakkal, cyberthreat intelligence program lead consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., an information technology company with offices in Newport. She will discuss how a lack of cybersecurity professionals is a risk to the economy and national security, as well as best practices to hire and retain these professionals.

Panel members include O’Shea Bowens, CEO and founder of Null Hat Security; Joe Provost, computer scientist and professor at Salve Regina University; Linn Freedman, principal at Robinson & Cole; Rick Norberg, CEO at Vertikal6; and Clayton Riness, managing director of threat services at Tevora.

More information on RICCI is available here.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.