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ODNI's Hathaway expected to be named cyber czar

ODNI's Hathaway expected to be named cyber czar
ODNI's Hathaway expected to be named cyber czar 

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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