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Looking for a Cybersecurity Czar

July 14, 2006 - 0 Comments

Good Cybersleuths are Hard to Find One year ago, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the establishment of the office of Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Telecommunications.Now the Business Software Alliance, whose members include Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Apple, Dell and Microsoft, has asked Chertoff to go ahead and appoint someone to fill the position.The office, as described by the Department of Homeland Security, seems to be designed to be a key player in security matters, responsbible for”identifying and assessing the vulnerability of critical telecommunications infrastructure and assets; providing timely, actionable and valuable threat information; and leading the national response to cyber and telecommunications attacks.”Robert Holleyman, President & CEO of the Business Software Alliance, said the group is ready to assist the office.”We are hopeful that you and the Administration will soon be able to nominate a qualified individual for the Assistant Secretary position,” Holleyman wrote to Chertoff.”Our industry remains fully committed to assisting the talented staff assembled at the National Cyber Security Division and look forward to furthering the public-private partnerships established to better protect our nation in both the cyber and physical worlds.” Jarrod Agen, a Homeland Security spokesman, said the department is “close to the final stages of the hiring process,” CNET reported.

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