Cyber Florida Director Offers Testimony at Senate Cybersecurity Hearing
Sri Sridharan, the Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida), was invited by US Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to offer expert testimony at the committee’s July 11 hearing, “Complex Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities: Lessons Learned from Spectre and Meltdown.” Joined by witnesses from NIST, Dakota State University, ARM, and Carnegie Mellon’s CERT Coordination Center, Director Sridharan discussed these vulnerabilities as symptoms of much larger problems within the cybersecurity field, including the need for a clear, concise, and coordinated response plan to guide the multitude of federal agencies with national cybersecurity responsibilities as well as the current cybersecurity workforce shortage, stating, “The answer is people. We need more programs, more camps, more competitions that educate kids and inspire them to pursue cybersecurity careers. We need to create a clear path from education to employment so that people of all skill levels can easily transition into cybersecurity careers.”
The committee, chaired by US Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), investigated the issue, its potential national security implications, and possible solutions for several hours. Video of the full hearing as well as archived testimony is available on the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation website: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=77835497-EC96-41E8-B311-5AF789F38422.