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The United States is able to finally move forward in its cyber defense efforts

After months of delays and speculation, President Obama has chosen Howard Schmidt, a corporate cyber security expert who also worked at Microsoft and eBay, to enhance the country's cyber infrastructure.

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.

President Obama 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, resigned due to the power struggle between the DHS and NSA.

Cybersecurity 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 journalists.

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RE: No Authority
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 12/23/2009 5:54:04 PM , Rating: 3
This article:
"President Obama first announced the creation of the cyber czar position in late May, but said there wouldn't be a rush to appoint someone."
Your link article:
"The Bush administration, for instance, created the "faith-based czar" and the "cybersecurity czar.""

So which article is not tell the truth? Only one president can create a Cyber Czar. So is the article written by daily tech or the one written by Obama public relations Czar and Webmaster Czar? Yes, I do forgive for mistakes and bad data... but one of these two statements above is a lie or very poor information. You take your pick...

Do mis-understand, I not saying Czar are bad, good or no other president used them.... I am just point out he is using more, and putting heavier weight on them... Press is only saying Czar because Obama was saying Czar so much. Any way you want to roll with it, it is not a good image that comes from all this talk from him about his Czars.

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