Magazine article National Defense

Turf Wars Predicted for New Cybersecurity Czar

Magazine article National Defense

Turf Wars Predicted for New Cybersecurity Czar

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When it conies to the Obama administration's promise to get a handle on cybersecurity, be prepared for some tini wars, a panel of experts warned recently at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The administration recently released a 60-day comprehensive "clean-slate" review of the nation's vulnerabilities in cyberspace. Among the recommendations is the creation of a "cyberczar," who will presumably be in charge of the government's efforts to protect its networks from attacks.

James Bamford, the author of several books on national security, said observers have been disappointed that the position will be relatively toothless. Of most concern is whether the cyberczar will have any influence over budget decisions. Melissa Hathaway, acting senior director for cyberspace at the White House, said earlier this month that the scope of the cyberczar's powers has "yet to be defined" but that she expects the new office will have the "ability to affect budgets."

Bamford does not believe that the cyberczar office will have much real power. The National Security Agency is the 800-pound gorilla that no one wants to acknowledge, he said.

The director of the NSA will serve as the Defense Department's leader within U. …

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