Goodman Participates in Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security Workshops; Seeks to Establish Program in Ivan Allen College

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Nunn School Professor Seymour Goodman participated in two Washington workshops October 22 - 23 working on the nation’s critical infrastructure systems. Additionally, Goodman is seeking to establish a program of study in critical infrastructure programs at Georgia Tech within the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.  

The first was the inaugural National Workshop on Resilience Research for Critical Infrastructure held at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Georgia Tech was awarded one of the first grants under the new NSF program on Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP), and Goodman is one of three principal investigators on the grant with Iris Tien in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Calton Pu in Computer Science. The workshop spanned systems resilience from both natural occurrences and malicious cyber exploits.

The second workshop was held at the George Washington University for the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), a consortium of 26 universities, national labs, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) dedicated to strengthening the nation’s cyber infrastructure. I3P was formed on recommendation by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and was initially funded with a congressional appropriation in 2002. Georgia Tech was a charter PCAST member, and Goodman has been the Institute’s principal representative since its inception.

Goodman hopes to build a program in the College’s Nunn School that includes the study of critical infrastructures and their protection. These workshops and the grant represent some initial steps.


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