R.I. colleges try to satisfy cybersecurity demand

SCREEN TIME: Mike Kelly, ­cybersecurity program director for the Community College of Rhode Island, performs a threat check. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
SCREEN TIME: Mike Kelly, ­cybersecurity program director for the Community College of Rhode Island, performs a threat check. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
When the federal government started stepping up enforcement of cybersecurity requirements for agencies and contractors, McLaughlin Research Corp. was in a bind. The Middletown-based engineering and technical support firm was subject to the federal standards due to its contracts with the U.S. Navy. But instituting a complex, rigorous set of unfamiliar cybersecurity protocols was more…

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