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Pressure builds on Obama to appoint cybersecurity coordinator
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:30:30 -0500 (CDT)


By Ben Bain
Sept 14, 2009

The co-chairmen of the House Cybersecurity Caucus are urging President 
Barack Obama to quickly make good on his pledge to appoint a 
cybersecurity coordinator.

Reps. James Langevin (D-R.I.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said in a 
recent letter to the president that they were pleased to see progress on 
creating a comprehensive national security strategy for cyberspace. 
However, they said they were .deeply concerned by the delay. in 
coordinating the strategy from the White House.

On May 29, Obama said he would set up a new White House cybersecurity 
office to be led by a coordinator whom he will select and depend on for 
all matters relating to cybersecurity. In December, the influential 
Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cybersecurity 
Commission, of which Langevin and McCaul also serve as co-chairmen, 
recommended creating a White House cybersecurity office.

The congressman said in their letter that it's time to establish the 
office "with the proper authorities to manage the complex and critical 
mission of securing our nation's networks."

"We strongly believe that the continued absence of a permanent 
cybersecurity coordinator impedes the ability of federal agencies to 
move forward in updating and strengthening their aging cyber policies, 
while also complicating our efforts to collaborate with private 
institutions that play such a critical role in keeping our nation safe," 
stated the letter, dated Sept. 10.


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