Howard Schmidt, next cyber coordinator?

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CYBERSECURITY | Back in July, we mentioned that announcement of the cyber coordinator appeared imminent. Now, even ExecutiveBiz is beginning to wonder. And so are some industry experts.

howard-schmidt“It’s been four months without a pick, so it may be time to  try  a lottery among all registered voters in the district,” quips Jim Lewis of CSIS.

Actually, hold off on the lottery. We may have a winner! News reports now suggest that Howard Schmidt may be in the running for cyber coordinator. Schmidt is president of Information Security Forum, a not-for-profit focused on identifying best practices in information security.

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What’s Schmidt’s take on the cyber coordinator search? Schmidt tells GovInfoSecurity’s Eric Chabrow: “The two key things that we need to worry about here is one, first and foremost, and that is the fact that this is a presidential imperative and the president recognizes that we have to do this right and we just can’t go out and sort of fill this for the sake of meeting some particular deadline.”

Other industry experts agree.

“While it is unfortunate that the search for a White House cyber coordinator has taken so long already, it is far more important that the administration takes its time, conducts as broad and open a search as possible and recruits the optimal candidate,” says Amit Yoran to ExecutiveBiz. “Speed of search is a factor, but much less so in the long run, than the ultimate effectiveness of the candidate given the scope and impact an effective or ineffective coordinator might have. Technical knowledge and understanding of business drivers and risk are critical, but the primary criteria for success in this role will be the coordinator’s ability to navigate very nuanced topics around Washington.”

What do you think of the White House’s pace in appointing a cyber coordinator? Share your comments here.

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