Longstaff, who made his comments in a lecture at NSF's Arlington headquarters, said the physicists who mistakenly thought they had made a major breakthrough in reality performed a public service by clearly writing up and circulating their results so that others could refute them.
Cybersecurity peer reviewers are scarce, he said, because the United States has failed to train information security specialists to critically review their work. To address the science's limitations, Longstaff suggested the government fund textbooks and document the knowledge of cyber professionals who know how to practice the scientific approach. Additionally, cybersecurity students should be trained in the scientific method, said Longstaff, who also serves as chairman of Johns Hopkins University's computer science, information assurance and information systems engineering programs.
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