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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 ClownPuncher on 12/23/2009 7:04:23 PM , Rating: 1
Blerp, uhh.

Ok, I am a Libertarian so part of that barfed out wall of text is just preaching to the choir. The rest is babbling and incoherent talking points.

Second, what is fed to me by the media? Which media? Oh, you're assuming I have watched any TV in the last 5 years, which I have not. I get my news from a wide variety of inbternet sites, I filter the BS and draw my own conclusions.

Third, history is very much a strong area for me. Rome is not a good comparison nor is it relevant. Republic vs. Empire.

Fourth, while some of what you say about big government is true, it does not relate to my post in any way. This is about fact vs. fiction. As much as I disagree with Obama, there is no reason to spread lies or "marginally" correct information about the man. I think we can disagree with him on his policies/actions/lack of actions without the need for spin.


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