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CCRI Security Awareness Day: Stronger Together through Proactive Planning

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, CCRI recently held its second annual Security Awareness Day to educate users of technology at all levels about the risks associated with living our lives online, as well as what can be done to mitigate those risks. The event, held at the college’s campus in Warwick, featured distinguished speakers on a variety of security topics, from the impact of mobile devices on personal security to keynote addresses from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin.

As a sponsor of the event, OSHEAN clearly understands the need to promote awareness of the role that internet security plays in everything from web browsing to building an organization-wide privacy program. Events like Security Awareness Day are just one example of the ways that OSHEAN supports initiatives designed to educate and inform its members about the complex subject of security. Bruce Barrett, director of networking and telecommunications for CCRI and organizer of the annual Security Awareness Day, notes that OSHEAN also helps facilitate workshops and training for its members through strategic partnerships.

“OSHEAN has partnered with Larry Wilson from the President’s Office at UMass Boston to provide security courses to OSHEAN members,” said Barrett. “This past month at OSHEAN’s training center, members participated in security courses at a significantly reduced rates. The courses are offered in conjunction with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Rhode Island chapter and taught by an ISACA instructor from UMass.”

While CCRI’s Security Awareness Day attracted attendees from across New England, the discussion topics showed that security management requires a global perspective. Institutions represented at the podium included Brown University, led by CISO David Sherry. Covering topics including the evolution of privacy and risk management, Sherry was one of several speakers who touched on the need for long-range security planning and emergency preparedness. OSHEAN helps support these goals by connecting its members to Internet2 (I2), which offers advanced security features that help achieve the goals outlined in CCRI’s Security Awareness Day program.

“OSHEAN negotiates contracts on our behalf to make those security features available that are only accessible via I2,” said Barrett. “I2 is dark fiber and very hard to break into, and with OSHEAN, we don’t have to integrate an external, managed network. It’s all within our community.”

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