Cyber Chief Changes Course

This past Thursday, Rod Beckstrom, Director of the National Cybersecurity Center, announced his resignation, which is effective March 13th.  In his resignation letter to Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, he highlights what he feels are the problems with NSA’s over reaching arm when it comes to cybersecurity.  In an interview with Forbes , Beckstrom said, “In intelligence environments like the NSA, you seek out and gather information, and then you classify it. It’s the opposite of collaboration.”  This could signify part of a larger cultural clash between government officials and technocrats.  Beckstrom believes that private companies who partner with the government will have serious concerns in dealing with an agency known for its secrecy.  Click here to read more on this story.

This comes on the heels of the appointment of Vivek Kundra as the first Federal Chief Information Officer.  Kundra has championed for change in the way that the government approaches cybersecurity; calling for rethinking the issue in a broader context.  Self-organization is key-given that the processes and data run through both governmental and private organizations.  Read more here.



Big Names and Big Dollars get Involved with Obama’s Healthcare Initiative

In an address to Congress last month, President Obama said, “Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”  So last Thursday President Obama convened a White House Forum on Health Reform.  The issue has come at the forefront, especially in the midst of this economic crisis, as premiums continue to skyrocket for individuals and companies alike.  Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Dick Durbin and Edward Kennedy were present, along with Teamsters’ President Jim Hoffa, the AFL-CIO’s Gerry Shea, Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler, and Ronald Gettelfinger, President of the UAW.  Click here to see who else attended.

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