By Jill R. Aitoro
The White House plans to announce as early as Monday that Melissa
Hathaway, top cybersecurity adviser to the director of national
intelligence, will oversee a 60-day review of federal cybersecurity
efforts, after which she will likely be offered the position of cyber
czar, a position President Obama promised to create while campaigning,
an intelligence official confirmed on Friday.
Hathaway, who serves as the cyber coordination executive at ODNI and was
senior adviser to former Director of National Intelligence Mike
McConnell, will leave ODNI for 60 days to conduct the review of overall
cyber organization and strategy in the federal government, said multiple
sources with inside knowledge of the appointment.
Hathaway will lead the review with the National Security Council, the
president's principle forum for considering national security and
foreign policy issues with senior advisers and Cabinet officials. The
council also helps coordinate policies among federal agencies.
"She will review short-term problems of cybersecurity that need
immediate fixing," said an intelligence official that asked not to be
named. When asked whether she will be offered the highly anticipated
position of cyber czar, he said "probably so."
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