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Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons for the Boardroom and the Server Room

October 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cyber risk is an underrated but all too real threat to organizations of every size, industry, and sector. From the boardroom to the server room, employees and board members, as well as product and software developers, must view cybersecurity as an enterprise-wide risk issue and play an active role in the overall security posture of any organization operating in the digital age.


Senior leaders can no longer treat cybersecurity as an isolated ‘IT problem’ best left to their IT department and must instead consider it one of the most important aspects of managing their organization, with duties and responsibilities extending through every level of the workforce. This requires them to have a deep understanding of the cyber context in which they operate, the ability to make informed decisions based on cyber risk metrics and reliable benchmarks, the determination to integrate cybersecurity into the overall business process, and the willingness to ask tough questions when necessary.  At the same time, hardware and software engineers, coders, and programmers can no longer operate under the presumption that poorly-engineered products and vulnerable software can be “fielded fast and fixed later,” and must instead consider the legal and ethical responsibilities that they also bear when developing new innovative technologies and products.


This seminar will provide an overview of cybersecurity policies at the state and national levels in the US, and of additional existing frameworks, toolkits, and other resources that senior leaders and decision-makers can consult to stay abreast of emerging cyber threats, develop and update comprehensive cyber risk management strategies, ensure minimum standards of security, and implement effective mechanisms to combat cyber threats. The material presented is based on one of Spidalieri’s many White Papers on the subject titled, “Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons from the Boardroom,” part of the ongoing Cyber Leadership Project at the Pell Center, and follows previous reports that investigate critical issues in cyber leadership development across the United States.


Speaker(s): Francesca Spidalieri,

Room: 201
Bldg: Engineering
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island


October 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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