The U.S. Senate late last night passed a resolution authored by U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., recognizing October as Cyber Security Awareness Month. As chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Landrieu has worked to provide the Department of Homeland Security with the necessary high-tech tools and resources to build a work force that protects the United States from new and evolving threats.
“Threats to the homeland no longer come just by land, air or sea. In today’s connected world, new dangers to our country exist in cyberspace, and we must meet these threats with innovative, integrated and bold solutions,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Louisiana has stepped up to meet the evolving threats we face in the 21st century.”
In August, DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano joined Sen. Landrieu to tour Louisiana homeland security sites and meet the extraordinary personnel. The trip provided Sec. Napolitano a first-hand look at Louisiana’s efforts to protect the homeland from all threats. Sec. Napolitano visited the Cyber Innovation Center during her trip and saw first-hand the partnership between the local school system and the Center.
“As we discuss ways to create jobs and get Americans back to work, we must include building a highly educated work force that can compete and fill the jobs in this high-tech century. The Cyber Innovation Center provides a model to the rest of the U.S. on how to do this,” Sen. Landrieu said. “By helping children discover math and science at an early age, we can cultivate their skills to become part of the cyber security work force of the future.”
During her tenure as chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Landrieu has focused on building a highly skilled work force and a heightened awareness when it comes to the nation’s cyber security. In the DHS FY12 appropriations bill that Sen. Landrieu authored and the full Senate Appropriations Committee passed in September, $450 million is provided for cyber security. Of the $450 million, $23 million is invested in cyber security education, outreach and awareness. She also authored language that encourages DHS and the Department of Defense to work together to develop an effective cyber security strategy.
As Congress works to finish the FY12 appropriations process, Sen. Landrieu added, “We need to pass the DHS appropriations bill so we have the necessary resources to adequate defend the homeland and build a cyber security knowledge base.”