Homeland Security official to speak at URI Honors Colloquium, Oct. 14

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Oct. 2, 2014 – Roberta Stempfley, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security will be the featured speaker at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The free, public lecture talk is titled, “Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure” and will be held in Edwards Hall Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road.

The presenting sponsor is Cox Business. Thanks to the generosity of Cox Business a free iPad mini will be given away at each event. You must attend the event to have a chance to win.

Stempfley’s this office is responsible for enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure. It works to prevent or minimize disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy, and government services.

She received a bachelor of science degree in engineering mathematics from the University of Arizona and a master of science in computer science from James Madison University.

Prior to her work at Homeland Security, Stempfley served as the chief information officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, where she was responsible for supporting the director in decision-making, strategy development, information assurance, and management of information technology resources. She has also previously served as the director of the National Cybersecurity Division.

Stempfley has received numerous awards for her government service including being named as one of Information Week’s top 50 government information officers and has over 10 years of experience in communications and information technology systems.

Stempfley will discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of the nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure, paying special attention to the role of privacy protection in that mission. She will close with a “call-to-action” that highlights the need for a strong cyber workforce and strong leaders who can execute cybersecurity efforts while protecting privacy rights.

Click here for a full schedule of Cybersecurity and Privacy speakers.

Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online at URI Live!

Presenting Sponsor: Cox Business

Major Sponsors: URI Honors Program.

URI Office of the President;
URI Office of the Provost;
The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment;
The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment;
URI College of Human Science and Services;
URI Talent Development;
URI Multicultural Center;
URI College of Arts & Sciences;
URI Harrington School of Communications and Media;
URI John Hazen White, Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service;
URI College of Pharmacy;
URI College of Engineering;
URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences;
URI College of Nursing;
URI College of Business Administration;
URI Division of Student Affairs;
URI Department of Communications and Marketing;
URI Department of Publications and Services;
URI ITS Instructional Technology and Media Services

This release was written by Caitlin Musselman, a URI Marketing & Communications intern and a public relations and political science major.