President Obama's new cyber boss faces 'tough job'
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 24/12/2009 17:06
President Obama's long awaited cybersecurity tsar faces a "tough job", Security experts have warned.
Despite saying the issue was a priority for the government, it has taken seven months to find someone to take the job.
Howard Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive was appointed after others turned the post down.
Obama cyber czar pick looks to secure smartphones, social nets
In choosing Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity czar, President Obama has someone who has held a similar job in a previous administration, has varied experience at high-level corporate jobs, was a frequent panelist at security conferences and who has even written a book on defending the Internet.
Schmidt served under President George W. Bush for three years, ultimately resigning after producing the "National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace."
Lawmakers, industry officials praise Obama's cyber-chief choice
President Obama's selection of Howard Schmidt as the nation's first cybersecurity coordinator garnered a generally favorable response today from lawmakers and industry officials.
"Howard Schmidt has an impressive resume, and I look forward to meeting him and discussing the cyber challenges facing our nation," said Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., co-chairman of the commission that made recommendations to Obama on how to protect U.S. information networks.
White House appoints cybersecurity chief
The White House's new cybersecurity chief faces a tough agenda, but will be able to draw on the lessons of a 40-year career, including stints at Microsoft and eBay.
Former security adviser Howard Schmidt is returning to the White House as President Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, the White House announced Tuesday.
Obama to name chief of cybersecurity
Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy, and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected to name a technology industry veteran to coordinate competing efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity in both military and civilian life.
The decision to appoint Howard A. Schmidt, an industry executive with government experience who served as a cybersecurity adviser in the Bush administration and who also has a military and law enforcement background, is seen as a compromise between factions. Government officials and industry executives say there has been a behind-the-scenes dispute over whether strict new regulations are necessary to protect the network that increasingly weaves together the vast majority of the world's computers.