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GCN honcho Wyatt Kash provides a thoughtful analysis of President Obama’s plan to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator.

Perhaps his most important point is that the cybersecurity coordinator is not the most important person in Obama’s plan. Obama is. Kash writes:

What’s different and more important about this announcement, compared to past cyber space initiatives, is the fact that the president himself put a big pile of political chips on the table in support of making America's digital infrastructure more secure. That makes a huge difference, regardless of what title you give his lead coordinator.

Another point worth noting: We should stop using the term cybersecurity “czar,” Kash says. “This position has in fact been defined as a coordinator, with no operational responsibility or authority to make policy unilaterally. So let's keep the role and expectations in check.”

You can read the full post here.

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Jun 01, 2009 at 12:14 PM


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