In Keynote Address, Kaine Discusses Formulating Cybersecurity Doctrine and Investments in Cyber Workforce
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ event, “Cybersecurity After Information Sharing,” in which he argued that unanswered doctrinal questions and the effects of budget uncertainty have undermined the United States’ cybersecurity posture. Kaine supported the creation of a commission that would offer lawmakers policy recommendations on how best to strike a balance between strengthening national security and protecting individual privacy. Citing Virginia’s large cyber footprint, Kaine also called for greater investments to create a workforce ready to tackle the cyber challenges of the future.
“We’re at the epicenter of a changing digital landscape. Obviously many of the key federal agencies that work on cyber policy are headquartered or have a significant presence in Virginia, as do their employees. We have a private sector in the cyber space that is second to none, it’s a great hub for IT and cyber innovation. Virginia is second in the nation in the percentage of the workforce that is in technology jobs,” Kaine said. “We’re the hub of internet traffic in the world. Seventy percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, which has the highest concentration of data centers in the world. …Even as a center of a technology workforce, second in the nation of percentage of workers in technology jobs, even in Virginia there are huge gaps. Our State Economic Development Partnership says there is one candidate for every three cyber security positions that are open in Virginia and this is in the state with the technology workforce, so we have a dramatic need to get more people into this field.”