By Andy Greenberg
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 Obama's chief technology officer, the
most innovation-focused position in what has been touted as a
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."
That cyber czar, whose exact role the Obama team has yet to define,
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.
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