Feeds

Former cyber security chief tapped as new CEO of spook op

In-Q-Tel Yoran he's been hired

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The spookiest venture capital firm on the planet has hired a new CEO.

In-Q-Tel - the CIA's venture capital unit - has tapped Amit Yoran as the successor to Gilman Louie, according to a report in the Washington Business Journal. The well-credentialed Yoran previously served as the first head of cyber security for the Department of Homeland Security. He also founded security specialist Riptech, which was sold to Symantec in 2002.

A quick search for Yoran turns up some stories declaring him as "the most powerful man in cyberspace" and others questioning whether "we can trust the cyber tsar". These headlines relate to Yoran's days at the haplessly named Department of Homeland Security, and the underlying stories often include anecdotes about a young Yoran opting to wear ties to school and expressing a strong love for Reagan in his youth. Whether or not an Alex P. Keaton clone is evil depends on your perspective.

Yoran left the DHS post after just one year on the job, saying he wanted to - all together now - spend more time with his family and find a way to re-enter the private sector.

As head of In-Q-Tel, Yoran will get to spearhead funding meant to help the snoops at Langley do their jobs. One recent report says that In-Q-Tel is "helping cultivate nearly three dozen young firms specializing in one or more of the following: search, categorization, collaboration and publishing; application integration; visualization; translation; geospatial intelligence; and design, simulation and modeling."

Louie began looking for a replacement last year. In-Q-Tel is expected to announce this move on Wednesday. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors
GPU-powered pen test yields more bad news about defences and passwords
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Dragnet surveillance picks up EVERYTHING, USA, m'kay?
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
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.