Day-long Conference at URI Addresses Cybersecurity
Published on April 14, 2011
The world's leading authorities on computer network security participated in a day-long symposium commissioned by U.S. Rep. James Langevin to raise awareness of the need to counter threasts and improve the safety of cyber networks in RI and around the world. Protecting our national and economic security from cyber threats is a top priority for Rep. Langevin who is a member of the U.S. House Armed Services committee and co-chair of the Cybersecurity Caucus.
Langevin said the growing reliance of most Americans on cyberspace for critical services has left us increasingly vulnerable to threats. "These threats include targeting our critical infrastructure, exposing citizens to identity theft and attacking the systems which protect our sensitive, classified information," Langevin said. "This situation is made even more difficult by the fact that these already challenging, complex threats are growing in dynamic ways, making it nearly impossible for us to stay ahead of the thousands of new attacks on our vulnerabilities that are discovered literally every day."
Conference attendees also heard from keynote speaker Four-star Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and learned more about the work being conducted at URI in cybersecurity sciences.