WTAS: Georgia Leaders Praise Senator David Perdue’s Bipartisan Action To Strengthen Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgia leaders are praising U.S. Senator David Perdue’s (R-GA) bipartisan action to strengthen America’s cybersecurity. On Monday, Senator Perdue introduced the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act of 2020, which will establish a cybersecurity advisory committee to consult with the Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The committee will include members from state and local governments and a broad range of industries, who will make recommendations to the CISA Director on the development and implementation of cybersecurity-related policies.

National Technology Security Coalition: “As the only association solely representing the Chief Information Security Officer, the NTSC applauds Senator Perdue for his leadership to establish the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee as the premier forum to advise CISA and DHS on cybersecurity threats. Senator Perdue continues to prioritize the strengthening of our national cybersecurity while also improving the much-needed dialogue between the public and private sectors.” – Patrick Gaul, Executive Director, National Technology Security Coalition

Technology Association of Georgia: “When the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) established the NTSC in 2016, the vision was to further solidify Georgia’s prominence as a national and global hub of cybersecurity innovation and policy. I applaud Senator Perdue’s leadership in strengthening our nation’s cybersecurity and supporting Georgia’s efforts to lead in this area. We encourage everyone to support this important initiative.” – Larry K. Williams, President & CEO, Technology Association of Georgia

Aflac Inc.: “As Chairman of the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) Board and Global Chief Security Officer at Aflac, I applaud Senator Perdue for introducing this bipartisan legislation. The cyber community has long acknowledged that a strong public-private partnership will be necessary to fight off cyber threat actors. Senator Perdue’s legislation will create an advisory panel of private industry CISOs within the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This will cement the public-private relationship and give CISOs the platform to provide CISA with firsthand accounts of the cyber threat environment.” – Tim Callahan, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Security Officer, Aflac Inc.

Ionic Security: “As a Georgia-based cybersecurity company with global reach, Ionic Security applauds Senator Perdue’s leadership in introducing legislation to establish the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee to advise the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. As a former corporate CEO, Senator Perdue fully appreciates the need to engage the private sector to help the national defense mission of CISA and the Department of Homeland Security.” – Robert Ball, Chief Business Development Officer, Ionic Security

Synovus: “Enactment of this legislation will bring industry-level knowledge, perspective, and expertise to the vital work of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and assure the interests and concerns of private sector security practitioners are understood and considered at the federal level.” – Kevin P. Gowen, Chief Information Security Officer, Synovus

Aaron’s: “The continued proliferation of cyber threats poses serious, existential risks to federal, state, and local governments and private enterprises alike. Public and private sectors must come together to collaborate, share information, and make recommendations in a structured and transparent manner. I commend Senator Perdue for his leadership and for providing solutions to address today’s cyber threats.” – Almir Hadzialjevic, Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Security, Aaron’s

TaxSlayer: “At TaxSlayer, we strongly believe in the importance of public-private partnerships and the role these partnerships play in strengthening the cybersecurity posture of our nation. We are truly stronger working together. This legislation will provide a direct line of communication between CISA and the CISOs who operate on the frontlines of the private sector, allowing for more information sharing about the current cyber threat landscape that will benefit both the public and private sectors. I applaud Senator Perdue’s initiative in introducing this legislation.” – Michael Blache, Chief Information Security Officer, TaxSlayer