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Conn. Congressman Himes: Cybersecurity Training Is Essential To Counter Foreign Hackers

Data Security
Werner Moser

Democratic U.S. Congressman Jim Himes of Connecticut said cybersecurity training needs to be ramped up to counter foreign hackers.

Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed charges on Monday accusing six Russian military intelligence agents of cyberattacks on the elections in France and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Congressman Himes is a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He says more Americans need to be trained to counter such threats.

“Taking young people and giving them skills to get those jobs is just a huge win for them. And it’s a huge win for us because in a world where everything is going to be wired to networks — our refrigerators, our cars, our bank cards — it's really essential to our economy to have that kind of expertise,” Himes said.

Himes spoke after a visit with faculty and students at Sacred Heart University. The school has received a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to teach advanced skills in cyberinfrastructure security to community college students.

Sacred Heart University is the licensee of WSHU Public Radio.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.