Feeds

White House cybersecurity czar resigns. Again

Ex-Microserf Schmidt vacates 'bully pulpit' role

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Former Microsoft security chief Howard Schmidt has resigned as White House cybersecurity advisor, just weeks into his new role.

Schmidt took over the job from his much-criticised predecessor, Richard Clarke, in February. He is leaving at the end of this month to work in the private sector.

In a resignation letter, Schmidt said that many of the functions of his job had been taken over by President Bush's newly-created Homeland Security Department. A successor to Schmidt is yet to be named.

Cyber alarmists are bemoaning the apparently diminished importance attached to IT security issues in White House thinking.

"We are concerned that the cybersecurity issue is losing visibility inside the White House," Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America, told CNN. "In this case, the 'bully pulpit' opportunity to influence the development of a truly secure cyber infrastructure and associated best practices will be lost."

Which roughly translated amounts to: If people in the government aren't talking up the threat of Internet meltdown or worse, the sales might be lost. ®

Related Stories

Slim pickings for cybersecurity in DHS budget
Bye, cyberczar Clarke - thanks for everything
Of mad snipers and cyber- terrorists
Ex-Microserf Schmidt as govt cyberterror Cassandra

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.