Posted June 11, 2009 Atlanta
Ivam Allen College - Communications
Contact Rebecca Keane
On June 10, Seymour (Sy) Goodman briefed the U.S. House of Representatives' Science and Technology Committee and Research and Science Education Subcommittee during its hearing on "Cyber Security Research & Development."
Goodman is a professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the College of Computing, and serves as co-Director of both the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the Center for International Security, Technology, and Policy (CISTP).
In his remarks, Goodman stated that "cybersecurity should be viewed as a broad societal issue, like auto safety or public health" and that "cyber protection will be an ongoing need, requiring continually improved responses to dynamically changing circumstances." He focused on two dimensions of cybersecurity: "what I fear is a coming tsunami of insecurity due to the spread of cellular telephones and other mobile devices" and their increased use for accessing the internet and conducting business, and the challenge of educating a professional workforce capable of achieving "safer and more secure cyberspace".
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.