IT Research Hearing Focuses on Security and Computing Education

February 28, 2013 at 1:26 am 6 comments

A congressional committee heard about the importance of computing research, and what the committee members responded with was a need for more cyber-security and more computing education.

Lazowska spoke about the NITRD program’s history and the role of computing in the US economy. He showed an NRC chart on research and IT sectors with billion dollar markets. Lazowska also talked about the need to integrate security into the building of systems and not added on at the end as a defensive measure when questioned about cybersecurity by Congressman Steven Stockman R-TX. Stockman, who credits support from the fiscally-conservative Tea Party for his election, had the quote of the hearing, when after having pressed Lazowska for an order-of-magnitude estimate on how much additional investment in fundamental cyber security research would move the needle seemed surprised that the number PITAC requested back in 2005 was “only” $90 million. “Well, I’m interested in getting you billions, not millions,” he said, indicating he was very concerned about the U.S. vulnerability to cyber attack.The Subcommittee members were very interested in how to tackle the education problem in computing as well as how they could help researchers address cybersecurity moving forward.

via IT Research Hearing Focuses on Security, Education.

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  • 1. Don Davis (@gnu_don)  |  February 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Perhaps that’ll be a way to garner support for CS… ‘Understanding Cyber-defense pt. 1′, ”Introduction to cyber-defense logic pt. 2’, ‘Tools of cyber-defense ….’ Then the DoD and will develop a gigantic cyber-defense game – America’s Cyber-defense Army….

    • 2. Bri Morrison  |  February 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

      No, all we really need is a good MOOC to cover it all…then we can educate not only the US but the rest of the world as well 🙂 (she says while laughing….).

      • 3. Don Davis  |  February 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

        CDMI – The Cyber-Defense Mooc Initiative – Available to every valid citizen – required of every school age child. Upon entering kindergarten each child will be enrolled in the Microsoft-Pearson CDMI and tested every six months to see if they are making adequate progress. Access to the proprietary lessons and CDMI interface will be licensed to schools districts one year at a time.

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