By Eric Chabrow
Gov Info Security
October 7, 2009
Melissa Hathaway, the National Security Council official who led
President Obama's 60-day review of federal cybersecurity policies and
processes, has joined Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science
and International Affairs as a senior adviser to its cybersecurity
initiative, the center announced Tuesday.
Hathaway's work at Belfer will focus on developing a better
understanding of the policy gaps in international relations as it
relates to cybersecurity. She will publish at least two papers and plans
to contribute to classes at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law
School. Hathaway started at the Belfer Center on Oct. 1.
"The United States must take a broader and more active leadership
position abroad to drive the future security of this global
infrastructure and help galvanize the establishment of norms of behavior
in cyberspace," Hathaway said in a statement announcing her appointment.
"There are at least 20 international venues that are determining the
future of the information communications infrastructure. Our nation
needs to determine what it collectively needs and wants - and find ways
to foster public and private shared goals."
At the White House, Hathaway served as acting senior director for
cybersecurity at the National Security Council. From February through
May, she headed a team that explored the current cybersecurity stance of
the federal government, and afterward convened policy meetings that
began work against each of the top 10 recommendations contained in the
Cyberspace Policy Review. The review culminated with a presidential
speech made last May outlining the administration's cybersecurity
policy, which included the creation of a White House cybersecurity
coordinator. Hathaway's name appeared the top of many lists for the
post, which remains unfilled. She resigned from government service in
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