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
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. …