Those who know me, know that I don’t approve of much of what the Obama Administration has done so far; however I have to give the new POTUS kudos on a job well done, by creating the position of a “Cybersecurity Czar”
President Obama spoke today about the creation of a new White House Senior Staff position, the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. This individual will orchestrate and integrate all cybersecurity policies for the government, work closely with the Office of Management and Budget to insure agency budgets reflect a cybersecurity priority and in the event of a major cyber incident or attack, coordinate the government’s response. The new Cybersecurity Coordinator will be a member of both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council, a bold move if you ask me.
Obama’s previous appointments of a Federal Chief Information Officer and Federal Chief Technology Officer were a step in the right direction as these positions did not exist in previous administrations and I was very supportive of them; however by creating a “Cybersecurity Czar”, the President is sending a clear message that he is listening to the Information Technology security community and for that I have to applaud him.
Now the big question, WHO? This position will not have to be confirmed by the Senate therefore, he can appoint anyone he chooses, and I certainly hope he chooses the right person, only time will tell.
As the President said today, “…cyberspace is real. And so are the risks that come with it.” – something I and my colleagues have been screaming for years.
Below is a video on Cybersecurity from experts in both the public and private sectors:
* Apologies EW for Napolitano, I don’t consider her a “Cybersecurity expert” by any means, “protecting security” – exactly how do we “protect security” Madam Secretary? – ugh! If I could have posted the video without her comments, I would have [:)]