Schmidt, who also was an administration
adviser for former
President George W. Bush, will be responsible for coordinating
military and civilian resources. Furthermore, the latest member
of Obama's cabinet will communicate regularly with Obama, and will
also work with the president's economic group.
first announced the creation of the cyber czar position in late May,
but said there wouldn't be a rush to appoint someone. Schmidt
will work with the National Security Council, not the National
Economic Council, as this is the first time a person has been
appointed as cybersecurity adviser.
In the previous
administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the
National Security Agency (NSA) were involved in a power struggle that
led to ineffective cyber security.
The problem was so serious,
in fact, Rod Beckstrom, former National Cybersecurity Center head,
due to the power struggle between the DHS and NSA.
has been a pressing matter for Obama's administration, as the threat
of foreign-based cyber attacks has grown significantly. There
have been numerous candidates considered for the job -- ranging
from former Silicon Valley executives to a candidate who
reportedly wasn't a fan of privacy -- with wide speculation among
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