By Elinor Mills
February 10, 2010
Peiter Zatko -- a respected hacker known as "Mudge"--has been tapped to
be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding
research designed to help give the U.S. government tools needed to
protect against cyberattacks, CNET has learned.
Zatko will become a program manager in mid-March within the Strategic
Technologies Office at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency), which is the research and development office for the Department
of Defense. His focus will be cybersecurity, he said in an interview
with CNET on Tuesday.
One of his main goals will be to fund researchers at hacker spaces,
start-ups, and boutiques who are most likely to develop technologies
that can leapfrog what comes out of large corporations. "I want
revolutionary changes. I don't want evolutionary ones," he said.
He's also hoping that giving a big push to research and development will
do more to advance the progress of cybersecurity than public policy
decisions have been able to do over the past few decades.
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