posted on Aug, 2 2010 @ 04:13 PM
Obama's Appointing Cyber Czar Position: A worthy position?
by Mr. T Posted 05/29/09
Obama will be picking a 'cyber czar' that will be in charge of protecting the nation from cyber threats. Obama called this time a "transformational
moment" in the country because computer networks are hacked millions of times a day. The new cyber czar will report to the National Security Council
and National Economic Council as the head of White House cyber security.
Seeking Obama's Cyber Czar
Andy Greenberg, 12.19.08, 06:00 AM EST
Should the head of cybersecurity in the new administration come from private industry, government or the military?
For weeks, blogs have been buzzing about which Silicon Valley luminary will be tapped as President-elect Barack Obama's chief technology officer, the
most innovation-focused position in what has been touted as a hyper-innovative regime.
But the Obama team may also be quietly preparing another, less-flashy tech role. The president-elect has alluded to appointing a so-called "cyber
adviser," charged with protecting the government and critical infrastructure from a growing wave of hackers and cyberspies.
"As president, I'll make cyber security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century," Obama said in a rare mention of the issue in a
speech at Purdue University last July. "I'll declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset and appoint a National Cyber Adviser who will report
directly to me."
Though Obama has yet to define the exact role of that cyber czar, the position could elevate the top cybersecurity role from the Department of
Homeland Security to the White House, a position where it's likely to have far more real authority to implement changes.
But whoever accepts that position will likely face a daunting job: taking the reins of the so-called "Cyber Initiative" signed by President Bush
last January. The plan, estimated to cost as much as $30 billion, aims to stop the recent flood of intrusions of government and military networks by
foreign cyberspies and to reinforce the digital protections on private sector systems like transportation, communications and the power grid.
That mix of tough tasks raises a looming question in choosing the information security leader--whether he or she will come from the government,
military or private sector.
In fact, the likeliest candidate for the "cyber czar" job may have been seated on stage a few feet away from the presidential front-runner at his
Purdue speech. Paul Kurtz, currently a security consultant with Arlington, Va.-based Good Harbor Consulting, is the new administration's top choice
for the post, according to several sources within Washington's cybersecurity community, although he has privately told colleagues that he is
reluctant to accept it.