Francesca Spidalieri is a subject-matter expert at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’Cyber Readiness Index Project. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center, at Salve Regina University. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cyber education and awareness, and cyber security workforce development. She has published a Pell Center report, entitled “State of the States on Cybersecurity,” that applies the Cyber Readiness Index 1.0 at the US State level.


"State of the States on Cyber Security,"

"One Leader at a Time: The Failure to Educate Future Leaders for an Age of Persistent Cyber Threat,"

"Joint Professional Military Education Institutions in an Age of Cyber Threat,"

Professionalization of Cybersecurity: A Path to Universal Standards and Status,”


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