WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Unatek's Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Dr. Charles Iheagwara, a leading Cyber security expert and IT management executive has called on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to enact a legislation that mandates a certain percentage of all federal and state Cyber security contracts as set aside for small businesses.
Dr. Iheagwara was speaking on Monday at the Laurel Municipal Center before a US Senate Committee hearing on "The Role of Small Businesses in Strengthening Cybersecurity Efforts in the United States."
Emphasizing the role small businesses play in protecting the US national infrastructures from Cyber attacks, Dr. Iheagwara said that as frontline problem solvers, small businesses provide the majority of new jobs and produce much of the creativity and innovation that fuels economic growth. The Largo-based executive added that while the government is emphasizing the role of small businesses in bolstering the nation's cyber security efforts, it should address the obstacles that prevent them from realizing their full potentials and increasing their contribution to the overall economic growth.
Dr. Iheagwara said companies such as Unatek will not be able to grow and step up to the plate to meet the Cyber security challenges facing the nation without funding, which is most easily obtained through government contracts. He said small businesses often lack the time and resources to compete with larger ones for cyber security contracts even though most of the innovation and creativity in the Cyber security sector has come from small businesses.
The talent pool that small businesses provide is "overwhelming," Iheagwara said, referring to Maryland companies that have set standards for the rest of the industry, including two in Columbia: Sourcefire, which created Snort to prevent and detect network intruders, and Tenable Security, which created its Nessus vulnerability scanner.
"Niche services is an area where small businesses have dominance," he said. "But it's good for us to recognize that growing new ideas takes money."
He encouraged the committee to consider mandating a certain percentage of all federal and state cybersecurity contracts be set aside for small businesses.
Unatek, Inc. a 15-year-old company and Cyber security services provider to several federal and state government agencies was named Homeland Security Company of the Year at the Maryland state's Incubator of the Year awards program (http://thedailyrecord.com/2011/06/03/maryland-incubator-company-of-year-award-winners-named/).
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