As concerns over hacking and data breaches intensify, the Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics in ASU's Global Security Initiative is evolving education, research, and entrepreneurial efforts to address the safety of digital technology. Building on this work, GSI recently hosted its first Congressional Conference on Cybersecurity , a day-long series of panels moderated by and featuring congressional leaders, and academic, military, and industry experts focused on what is needed to the retain the integrity of our critical electronic data networks. U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Congress members Andy Biggs, Trent Franks, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, and Kyrsten Sinema joined specialists like Major General John Baker of NETCOM, retired Brigadier General and Cyber Director of Raytheon Linda Medler, and PayPal Global Security Senior Director Brian Johnson to discuss cybersecurity education, workforce preparation, infrastructure, and tech transfer.
In welcoming conference guests, my remarks emphasized the very significant threat to our economy and military posed by cyberattacks, and the serious need for a transdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity issues. Computer Science alone cannot develop solutions to these challenges, but must also incorporate critical thinking that includes psychology, ethics, policy, business, among other areas. Only by working together can we hope to implement an effective defense, and evolve the manpower and infrastructure necessary to combat the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.