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Experts Urge Federal Efforts on Cybersecurity


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The U.S. federal government needs to step up its cybersecurity efforts, experts from industry and academia recently told the House Science and Technology Committee's Research and Science Education Subcommittee. Information technology users are largely responsible for their own defense against cyberattacks, said Georgia Institute of Technology professor Seymour Goodman. He said the widespread use of cell phones and other mobile devices could lead to a tsunami in insecurity.

"An effort must be made to get those people who are in the best position to mitigate risk to do so, and I think what should be done — and it's been done in other areas — industry and government need to get together, and they need to get together under some perhaps formal forum or other kind of an institutional mechanism with the mandate that they come up with greater security in cyberspace," Goodman said.

Meanwhile, Applied Visions' Anita D'Amico said the government should put more money into research and development programs so that more projects can turn their work into products. Cornell University professor Fred Schneider said better formal and public cybersecurity education programs are needed. "We're not going to solve this problem only with Ph.D.s or only with bachelor's [degree] graduates," he said.

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