By Anne Armstrong

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Who wants to be the poster child for the next cyber disaster?

The hardest part of writing a blog is finding the time to actually write it.

While I know that no one cares about my schedule, I just want to acknowledge that I understand that I need to update it regularly. I promise to be better.

So, a lot happened while I was on the other coast. I had this whole blog post about cyber security ready and then everyone quit.  I kept asking why no one wanted this job and the answer I kept hearing is this is the job with a target on one’s back. No matter how good one is or what one does, someone one, somewhere, will hack into a network. The cyber czar will be the poster child for the latest cyber disaster.

If this person knows anything about cyber security, there are many more people who will pay them much more money at less risk. That leaves patriots and the-already-rich as candidates. I keep hearing names in both categories so maybe it will happen, but there seems to be a lot of infighting about this job.

I don’t know how to slide this fact in, but this is what happened to government 10 years ago when they discovered they couldn’t afford IT people. This is how we discovered outsourcing.

I am dying to see how the new insourcing plan works.

Heard Dave McClure has left Gartner for a government job. Can’t flush out what that job is. If you know, please tell me. Dave has a distinguished GAO career, plus time in industry. I have ideas that I would put some money on, but no hard evidence or even a good rumor.

Posted by Anne Armstrong on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

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