Sy Goodman Lends Support to the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

Sy Goodman, professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, expressed his strong support of the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 4061) by testifying before the House Committee on Science and Technology. The bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month with an overwhelming majority vote of 422 to 5.

The bill, according to supporters will improve security in all sectors by building a skilled cybersecurity workforce, speed the transfer of technologies to market, and promote awareness of cybersecurity to the public.

“A large fraction of the American people, its businesses and government institutions have become increasingly dependent on networked information technologies. We are at risk because these infrastructures are riddled with vulnerabilities and cannot fully be trusted,” Goodman wrote in a letter to Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).

In his letter, Goodman wrote the he applauds the subcommittees recognition that social and behavioral factors play a critical role in securing computing resources.

“From my perspective, and the perspective of educational institutions, the bill is extraordinary in the extent to which it tries to address education and workforce building issues,” said Goodman.

Now that the bill has passed the House, it has been referred to the Senate Committee Commerce, Science and Transportation for consideration.