Is she or isn’t she? In the weeks leading up to the release of the 60-day cyber security review, the question has been circulating: Is Melissa Hathaway, the Obama administration’s acting director of cyber security and chief author of the report, in the running for cyber czar? Some reports suggested yes, others no. Now Melissa Hathaway confirms she is indeed in the running. And she’s interested. “How could you do a 60-day review and not be interested in following through on what you recommended,“ said Hathaway on Friday following a speech
before the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, D.C., think tank.
How would Hathaway take on the role? She provided a few clues in her Friday talk. Strengthening cyber security, she stated, will take “improved dialogue” between the public and private sectors. “We need to start to build toward trust … in this area where I think there’s not enough trust,” said Hathaway, as quoted by Computer World.
So, when will final word come? The president would announce his choice within “weeks,“ said Hathaway.