Greg Shannon named chairman of IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative

Greg Shannon has been named chairman of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, the technology organization and Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) announced on Monday.

Shannon has worked with government officials, industry leaders and academics to combat cyber threats during his career as chief scientist for the CERT Division at SEI. In his new role, he will continue solving cybersecurity issues by shaping and leading the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative.

“Many of the cybersecurity exploits that continue to make the daily news feeds come from avoidable engineering and operational mistakes that result in large-scale coordinated cyber attacks on netizens, critical infrastructures and nations,” Shannon said. “As networks continue to juggle exponential growth, new threats will emerge. Now is the time not only for better defensive measures, but also for cybersecurity standards and best practices that consider the entire technology lifecycle."

The initiative is sponsored by the SEI, a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University, in partnership with IEEE, a global technical professional organization.

Most recently, the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative launched the Center for Secure Design, an effort to identify software design flaws in order to improve cybersecurity. 

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