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White House picks tech entrepreneur for security post




White House picks tech entrepreneur for security post
White House picks tech entrepreneur for security post



http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9899047-7.html 

By Steven Musil
News Blog
March 19, 2008

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has been chosen to run the new National 
Cyber Security Center, an agency charged with coordinating efforts to 
protect the federal government's computer networks from cyberattacks, 
according to published reports.

Rod Beckstrm, 47, is expected to be appointed to the post Thursday and 
report directly to Michael Chertoff, the secretary of the Department of 
Homeland Security, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and 
The Washington Post. The secretive center was created by a national 
security directive signed by President Bush in January.

In the book The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of 
Leaderless Organizations [1], which he co-authored with Ori Brafman, 
Beckstrm wrote about the power of decentralized networks in 
organizations. He has gone so far as to say the concepts he outlined in 
the book could help the U.S. government in its dealings with al-Qaida.

Beckstrm co-founded CATS Software, a derivatives and risk management 
software company, in his garage when he was 24, according to his Web 
site. He recently co-founded Twiki.net, a company that supports 
open-source wikis. 

[1] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591841437/c4iorg 


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