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WAR: U.S. Cybersecurity Chief Abruptly Resigns

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posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 10:14 AM
Citing a lack of attention to computer security issues, the Cybersecurity Chief at the Department of Homeland Security has abruptly resigned his position. A former executive of the Symantec Corporation, Amit Yoran, gave a single day notice of his intent to leave his position.
WASHINGTON - The government's cybersecurity chief has abruptly resigned after one year with the Department of Homeland Security, confiding to industry colleagues his frustration over what he considers a lack of attention paid to computer security issues within the agency.

Amit Yoran, a former software executive from Symantec Corp., informed the White House about his plans to quit as director of the National Cyber Security Division and made his resignation effective at the end of Thursday, effectively giving a single's day notice of his intentions to leave.

Yoran said Friday he "felt the timing was right to pursue other opportunities." It was unclear immediately who might succeed him even temporarily. Yoran's deputy is Donald "Andy" Purdy, a former senior adviser to the White House on cybersecurity issues.

Yoran has privately described frustrations in recent months to colleagues in the technology industry, according to lobbyists who recounted these conversations on condition they not be identified because the talks were personal.

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Stating the he "felt the timing was right to pursue other opportunities", Yoran leaves after less than a year at the post. According to several lobbyist, he has been mentioning his increasing frustration with the department as of late. Who will fill the post is uncertain, but the deputy Donald "Andy" Purdy, is a former advisor to the White House on computer security issues.

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