The security of digital systems and data is an ever-growing and ever-evolving concern for organizations and individuals alike. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected through the internet, cyber-attacks become an ever-increasing threat, and the importance of understanding and implementing good cybersecurity practices is therefore growing in importance for all involved. The State of Rhode Island is no exception, and organizations and individuals within the state are actively taking steps to protect their digital assets.
Rhode Island is home to several cybersecurity efforts and events. For instance, the Cybersecurity Summit Rhode Island is an annual event hosted in Providence that brings together thought leaders, innovators, and security practitioners to discuss best practices and the latest developments in information security. In addition to this major regional event, Cyber Rhode Island hosts regular FOIA-sponsored meetings for its members in Warwick, RI. Additionally, Cyber Rhode Island also hosts meetup events to share the latest information about the field and to network.
Organizations and initiatives in Rhode Island are actively working to foster awareness of cybersecurity and to bring good security best practices to the state. Civic organizations across the state are participating in public and private talks about cyber-security topics, while business, government, and academic initiatives strive to expand their respective cyber-security capabilities. The Rhode Island College’s Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense (C-CADE) offers several events, boot camps, and certification programs to build state-wide cyber security knowledge. Furthermore, the Cybersecurity Alliance of Rhode Island works to create a culture of security hygiene, accessible to all levels of cybersecurity knowledge. The alliance also works to connect security professionals, students, mentors, and advocates, to drive further discussion about the field in Rhode Island.
The State of Rhode Island demonstrates an active and healthy commitment to cyber security. The large number of cyber-security events, organizations, and initiatives in place throughout Rhode Island reflects the importance of good security practices and the need for continued initiatives in this field.