Awareness 2017-10-04T14:56:45+00:00


Today, we are more interconnected than ever before.

Many things in our lives depend on digital technology, which makes cybersecurity one of our country’s most important national security priorities. The U.S. government has spent $100 billion on cybersecurity over the past decade, and has over $15 billion budgeted for cybersecurity in 2016.

We shop from our homes, bank from our smart phones, and engage friends from around the world through social networks. Cybersecurity involves protecting that information by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks.

Rhode Island has a robust ocean technology industry as well as major corporations headquartered in the Ocean State.  500+ marine and defense industry businesses call Rhode Island home. The hub for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Naval Research expedition info is at the University of Rhode Island. Quonset Business Park is home to 175 companies and 9,100 jobs. The Port of Davisville in North Kingstown is the 7th largest automotive importer in North America. All these facilities rely heavily upon networked computer and control systems and therefore are vulnerable to cyber threats.

Statistics to Consider

Online banking fraud increases 48% year-on-year.
68% of funds lost as a result of cyber attacks are declared unrecoverable.
98% of tested web apps are vulnerable to attack.
59% of employees steal proprietary corporate data when they quit or are fired.
600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every single day.
More than 200,000 U.S. cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled. The cybersecurity labor shortage is driving corporations to seek outsourced security solutions.