Howard Schmidt, Cybersecurity 'Czar': Who Is He?

By Montgomery, Leigh | The Christian Science Monitor, December 22, 2009 | Go to article overview

Howard Schmidt, Cybersecurity 'Czar': Who Is He?


Montgomery, Leigh, The Christian Science Monitor


President Obama on Tuesday selected Howard Schmidt to serve as the

White House cybersecurity coordinator, or "cyber czar." An expert and

pioneer in computer forensics, Mr. Schmidt was also an official in

President George W. Bush's administration. Schmidt has a

four-decade career in technology and law enforcement, alternating

between the government and private sector. Here are some facts about

him. Why does this matter?

In May, Mr. Obama declared that securing computer networks would be

a national security priority, because the US "digital infrastructure"

is a "strategic national asset." The position has been vacant since

acting senior director for cyberspace Melissa Hathaway resigned in

August.

Professional background

President, Information Security Forum, a nonprofit consortium of 300

corporations and public-sector entities, September 2008 to present

Various consulting roles Adjunct professor at the College of

Computing at Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech Information Security Center

(GTISC), 2005 to present Vice president and chief information

security officer and chief security strategist, eBay, 2003-05 Vice

chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board,

2002-03 White House Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security,

December 2001 Chief security officer, Microsoft Corp. …

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