By Eric Chabrow
Gov Info Security
August 11, 2009
What's most important about the job of presidential cybersecurity
coordinator isn't whether or not it reports to two bosses or how high on
the White House organizational chart it appears or, for that matter,
when President Obama will reveal his choice, says cybersecurity sage
"The two key things that we need to worry about here is one, first and
foremost, and that is the fact that this is a presidential imperative
and the president recognizes that we have to do this right and we just
can't go out and sort of fill this for the sake of meeting some
particular deadline," Schmidt says, in an interview with
GovInfoSecurity.com (transcript below).
Seeing the fundamentals in a situation is a strong characteristic that
has placed Schmidt on nearly every list of a prospective White House
cybersecurity czar. In the field of IT security, Schmidt has done it
He spent more than 30 years in public service, including a stint as a
White House special adviser on cyberspace security and as chief
strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program at Homeland Security. He
serves on an IT privacy board that advises the National Institute of
Standards and Technology, the Commerce Department and White House.
In the private sector, Schmidt has held top IT security posts at
Microsoft and eBay. An author of two IT security books, Schmidt has
academic affiliations with Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie
Mellon and Idaho State University.
Schmidt is the first and current president of the Information Security
Forum, an independent, not-for-profit association aimed harnessing the
brainpower of public and private-sector experts in IT security and risk
In an interview with GovInfoSecurity.com's Eric Chabrow, Schmidt
* Crucial role Obama's cybersecurity coordinator will play in managing
federal IT security policy.
* Challenges the federal government faces in developing a cybersecurity
* Providing IT security with limited funds due to the recession.
* Need for international cooperation in battling cyber threats.
Eric Chabrow, GovInfoSecurity.com managing editor, interviewed Schmidt.
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