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Public invited to CCRI Security Awareness Day

Oct. 8, 2014

U.S. Sen Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin. U.S. Sen Sheldon Whitehouse (left) greets U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin at an event at CCRI earlier this year. Both will return to the college to provide an update on how cybersecurity is being addressed in Washington, D.C., as keynote speakers at the Oct. 30 Security Awareness Day.

In recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Community College of Rhode Island will hold its second annual Security Awareness Day to educate users of technology at all levels about the risks associated with living our lives online and how we can be more secure.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the college's Knight Campus in Warwick. It is free and open to the public, but advance online registration is required.

Morning session presenters will speak about such hot-button issues as mobile device security vulnerabilities, what to watch out for in our daily use of Internet technology and how privacy and security are related. They include Xinwen Fu, a computer science professor from UMass Lowell who recently was interviewed on CNN, presenting "All Mobile Devices are Watching You!"; Paul Asadoorian, founder and CEO of Security Weekly, presenting "The Internet Of Evil Things: The 10 Most Wanted List"; and David Sherry of Brown University, who will present "Privacy's Evolution and Why it Matters to Security."

The morning also will include a presentation from keynote speakers U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, co-chairman of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, reporting on how cybersecurity is being addressed in Washington, D.C.

The afternoon will feature smaller breakout sessions addressing topics such as how to build a security program, how to diagnose malware problems, how online banking and bitcoin technologies work, how to audit for security and compliance, and how to plan for risk management, incident response and prevention. The Rhode Island State Police and Rhode Island National Guard also will talk about how they address security threats and collaborate with other federal/state agencies to prevent such incidents.

The day will end with a fun "Who Wants to be a Security Professional?" game show-style event with many questions based on presentations held throughout the day.

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