Announcing our 7th Annual Cybersecurity Summit
Join cybersecurity, IT, risk management, compliance, and other professionals to hear our keynote speakers discuss issues such as major challenges and threats in the cyberspace, emerging cyber technologies, and cyber workforce development. You don’t want to miss this morning event!
Stephanie Helm is the first director of the MassCyberCenter at the Mass Tech Collaborative. A career naval officer, Helm brings to the role deep expertise developed in her senior leadership roles during her nearly 30-year career as cryptologic/information warfare officer. Prior to joining Mass Tech in September of 2018, Helm served as a consultant with the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI., providing subject matter expertise in the area of cyberspace, space, and information operations. Her work with the College focused on supporting war gaming efforts which contributed to the integration of cyberspace operations into plans and operations. In addition to her consulting role, Helm also served as adjunct faculty for the Electives program.
As a naval officer, Captain Helm held numerous leadership roles which focused on cyberspace operations and information operations, including as Deputy Division Director, Chief of Naval Operations (N3IO) in Washington, D.C., where she directed development of strategy and policy for Information Operations and Strategic Communication. In that role, she was called upon to represent Navy issues to other military branches, the Joint Staff, and the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and she coordinated the Navy’s input to the 2003 Department of Defense Information Operations Roadmap. Captain Helm also served a tour at sea from 2001-2003, serving as the Deputy J2/J39 for the Commander, Second Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic, a role which ensured that the Fleet’s Intelligence and Information Operations functions were executed in support of national security tasking, a critical focus following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Captain Helm also served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Security Group Activity Norfolk where she led over 300 sailors, officers, and civilians. She served tours of duty with US Central Command in Tampa, FL, the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, MD, and Naval Security Group commands in California, Italy, and Maine.
She received her BA from the University of California and her Masters from the US Naval War College, as well as additional training at the Armed Forces Staff College (Norfolk, VA).
Since January 2019, Kim Casci Palangio has been the program manager for the Cybercrime Support Network of Rhode Island. The state of Rhode Island was the pilot program for the Cybercrime Support Network whose mission is to improve the plight of Americans facing the ever-growing impact of cybercrime by bringing together national partners to support cybercrime victims. CSN/Rhode Island was also the first state in the nation to offer cybercrime services partnering with the United Way through the 2-1-1 phone system.
The CSN/Rhode Island hotline will allow Rhode Islanders to dial 2-1-1 to report and find resources to recover from identity theft, financial fraud, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, and other cybercrimes. Created and developed by the Michigan-based Cybercrime Support Network, it is the first statewide hotline of its kind in the nation.
The need to address cybercrime is great. In 2018 alone, over 350,000 complaints from individuals and small businesses were filed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for monetary losses of over $2.7 billion. Experts estimate that these figures represent only a small fraction of the cybercrime that actually occurs.
Prior to joining CSN/Rhode Island, Kim served as the City Clerk for the City of East Providence for 10 years overseeing vital statistics, land evidence, business licensing, probate court and municipal court. She worked to digitize the office including searchable land evidence records and created a program to properly store and preserve the city’s permanent and historic records. Additionally, she directed the first live streaming, archived council meetings and digital dockets in an effort to make information easily accessible to the public. Previously, Kim worked as an executive assistant to Congressman James Langevin (RI), as well as during his tenure as Rhode Island Secretary of State.
In 1993, Kim received a degree in secondary education, and in 1992, a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Rhode Island College.