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Obama to name Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator




Obama to name Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator
Obama to name Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/21/AR2009122103055.html 

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
December 22, 2009

Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an 
adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting computer 
systems, the White House will name a former Bush administration official 
to the job Tuesday.

Howard A. Schmidt, who was a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's 
White House, will be Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, an 
administration official said Monday night.

Schmidt declined to comment.

The mission is challenging: to coordinate cybersecurity policy across 
the federal government, from the military to civilian agencies. 
Schmidt's appointment comes as the Pentagon launches a major new 
"cyber-command" unit up and running and the Department of Homeland 
Security works to improve protection of civilian networks.

In May, Obama declared the nation's digital networks a "strategic 
national asset" and said protecting them would be a "national security 
priority." Creating a White House cybersecurity office, run by a senior 
White House official, would be key to that effort, he said. "I'll depend 
on this official in all matters relating to cybersecurity, and this 
official will have my full support and regular access to me as we 
confront these challenges," Obama said from the East Room.

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