B.A. in political science and international relations, University of Milan
M.A. in international affairs and security studies, Tufts University
Areas of expertise: Cybersecurity, cyber crime, information security strategies and policies, NATO and transatlantic relations, EU policies and institutions, United Nations
Spidalieri leads the Pell Center's Cyber Leadership Research Project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. She was appointed by Gov. Gina Raimondo to the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission, and serves as a subject-matter expert for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Cyber Readiness Index Project and a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute.
Spidalieri's academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, cyber education and awareness, cybersecurity workforce development and the professionalization of the cybersecurity industry. She is a volunteer member of the R.I. Cyber Disruption team and assists Salve Regina's graduate programs in the development of additional coursework and training on cybersecurity and risk management. In addition, Spidalieri lectures regularly at cyber-related events nationwide and contributes to journal articles and other publications on cybersecurity matters affecting countries and organizations worldwide.
Spidalieri has completed additional coursework in cybersecurity at the U.S. Naval War College's Center for Cyber Conflict Studies.