Sen. Louis P. DiPalma, in conjunction with Congressman James R. Langevin, will be holding the second annual Cyber Hygiene Event tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CCRI Newport Auditorium.  The purpose of the event is to provide the public with an increased awareness of the various cyber exploitations and practical steps to protect one’s self, family, identity, and data from cyberattacks. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are all well aware of the increasing number of cyber breaches where computer systems, including just about anything connected to the internet, have been compromised, exposing ourselves and our identification and data, thus making us all vulnerable to exploitation and with the real potential for loss of data.  Now, more than ever, there is an ever-increasing need to practice cyber-safe habits and this event will help inform the public on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from cyberattacks,” said Senator DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton).

“Cyberspace is very complex and ensuring your data are secure can be challenging,” said Congressman Langevin, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus. “This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I am pleased to join Senator DiPalma at his second annual Cyber Hygiene Event to promote safe habits online and provide information about how to prevent identity theft.”

The event will be hosted by Senator DiPalma and Congressman Langevin, both whom have been leading advocates for cyber defense on both the state and federal level. The event will include an introduction by CCRI Newport Campus Coordinator Robyn Greene and a presentation about the Cybersecurity Program at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH), given by John Mowry of CCRI, Linda Larsen of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) and Newport Area Career & Technical Center Director Robert Young. Rhode Island State Police Capt. John Alfred will then discuss cyber intrusions from the State Police perspective, followed by a panel question and answer session at the end of the event moderated by Senator DiPalma.

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