TechAmerica: Appoint cybersecurity coordinator now

Trade group wants Obama to appoint a cyber coordinator

 The technology industry trade association TechAmerica wants President Barack Obama to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator at the White House as soon as possible. Obama promised to choose someone for the role more than five months ago, but it remains vacant.

Phil Bond, TechAmerica’s president, made the request in a letter to Obama dated Oct. 30. "I am writing on behalf of some 1,500 members belonging to TechAmerica and the technology industry at large to respectfully request your attention to the appointment of a cybersecurity coordinator in the White House at the earliest possible opportunity," Bond said. 

Bond said technology industry officials were pleased with Obama’s promise made in in May to appoint a White House cybersecurity chief.

“The urgency for progress in cybersecurity remains, and, therefore, so does the need for the appointment of a qualified, credible, senior level official to the cybersecurity coordinator post,” the letter said. “We realize that such assignments require measured deliberation. We look forward to optimizing the momentum you have provided with the timely appointment of the cybersecurity coordinator.”

Bond said the ideal coordinator would have relevant experience in government and industry.

Meanwhile, Bond wrote that White House and agency officials had been “continuing their excellent and diligent work” to put in place the recommendations of a review of a cyber policy the Obama administration conducted earlier this year.

“At the same time, we observe that those that would seek to harm America by exploiting our digital infrastructure continue to increase their efforts,” Bond wrote. “That is why we believe that establishing cybersecurity coordination at this point will have a galvanizing effect that would boost and focus the many federal efforts to combat cyber threats.”

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

Featured

  • computer network

    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

  • Org Chart Stock Art - Shutterstock

    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

  • Shutterstock image: healthcare digital interface.

    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

  • Shutterstock images (honglouwawa & 0beron): Bitcoin image overlay replaced with a dollar sign on a hardware circuit.

    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

Reader comments

Tue, Nov 3, 2009 Captain Jeff J Curry Boston, ma

The President should carefully consider this appointment and not hire another "yes man." This office will have far reaching impact and relevance to industry, Govt and military. Therefore I would highly recommend they look to Don Ruehle from DHS to fill this position.

Mon, Nov 2, 2009 lee

More important, someone needs to teach Obama how to count and verify system integrity by hand himself, teaching with him the entire population and industry of exploit. There is no excuse for these situations to exist in the first place.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group