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OSHEAN is Proud to be a Sponsor of CCRI's Second Annual Security Awareness Day - October 30,2014

OSHEAN is proud to be a sponsor of CCRI’s second annual Security Awareness Day on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, designed to inform and educate users of technology at any level about important online risks, as well as what can be done to help mitigate those risks. We encourage our members to attend this free, valuable event. Space is limited and filling up fast, so please register now to ensure your spot is secured:

“We live in a time when it’s easier to stay connected than ever before: from smartphones to social media, we all seem to be constantly plugged in,” said Bruce Barrett, Director of Networking and Telecommunications for the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). “But with that convenience comes a risk.”

CCRI’s 2014 Security Awareness Day, taking place from 8 a.m. to 4:45p.m. at the Knight Campus in Warwick, aims to build a culture of security awareness. The event coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month and is designed to focus on people’s behavior rather than technical details, and to educate users how to be on the lookout for unauthorized access or attacks - on their networks, on their machines and on their identity.

Barrett has attracted a variety of speakers to the event, targeting a wider audience than just IT professionals. Morning sessions are designed to appeal to a general audience, with distinguished speakers including Xinwen Fu, a computer science professor from UMass Lowell who was recently interviewed on CNN; Paul Asadoorian, an established computer security guru; and David Sherry of Brown University, presenting on hot-button issues such as mobile device security vulnerabilities, what to watch out for during daily use of Internet technology, and how privacy is related to security. RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will keynote the event along with Congressman Langevin, co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, who will report on how cybersecurity is currently addressed in Washington.

After a complimentary lunch, concurrent afternoon breakout sessions will address security-related technical, business, management and general issues. These sessions will include everything from how to build a security program to how to diagnose malware problems, as well as an overview of how on-line banking and bitcoin technologies work, and solutions for developing strategies for risk management, incident response and prevention.

Breakout session speakers include leaders from academia, government and industry including the Rhode Island Air National Guard, Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Division, Bryant University, Providence College, University of Connecticut, Atrion Corporation, McGladrey LLP, Washington Trust Bank and many more. The event will conclude with a “Who Wants to be a Security Professional?” game show based on presentations held throughout the day, where prizes will be awarded. The full agenda is available here.

“Attacks such as phishing and malware have gotten more sophisticated and professionalized - as they are no longer the domain of hackers looking to cause trouble but organizations with the force and funds to ruin lives - security awareness has moved to the fore for everyone,” continued Barrett. “This is a unique event of in Rhode Island, and a public service that we’re providing to attendees.”

Anyone who uses technology, in their professional or personal lives, is encouraged to attend this event open to the public. Security Awareness Day 2014 is expected to attract more than 400 participants.

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