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WASHINGTON — President Bush's cybersecurity chief has abruptly resigned from his position after an industry and Hill push to give him more authority to better protect the nation's electronic assets.
Amit Yoran, a former software executive from Symantec Corp., made his resignation effective Thursday as director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, giving a single's day notice of his intention to leave. He was on the job one year.
Yoran has privately confided to industry colleagues his frustrations in recent months over what he considers the department's lack of attention paid to computer security issues, according to lobbyists and others.
Yoran said Friday he "felt the timing was right to pursue other opportunities."