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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 captainentropy on 12/27/2009 4:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
many of them were there from the last administration. But yes, there isn't a "Rubber Czar" anymore which FDR created to oversee the rubber production for WWII. In case you didn't know, rubber was kinda important in that conflict. So all you knuckleheads chattering disapprovingly about Obama's czars as some thinly veiled attack to support claims of his "un-Americanism" you should just take a deep breath.

The czars are a great idea. It's a smart way of delegating responsibility to discrete units of people to address problems of some significance. I'm sure there are "czars" wherever you work. If you work at Fox "News" then they might be called "Freedom Chiefs" or some other inanity.


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