Francesca Spidalieri is a Senior Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, where she leads the Cyber Leadership research project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). She is also a cybersecurity consultant for Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index 2.0 project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
In addition, she is a cybersecurity subject-matter expert for the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute, and a Research Associate at the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of Florence. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, comparative organization analysis, and national cyber preparedness and resilience. She lectures regularly at cyber-related events in Europe and the United States and contributes to journal articles and other publications on cybersecurity matters affecting countries and organizations worldwide.