By Steven Musil
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 , 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
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