Schmidt's Exit Leaves Cybersecurity Void

    Date 30 Apr 2003
    Category Government
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    Posted By Anthony Pell
    White House cybersecurity adviser Howard Schmidt will step down from his post at the end of the month. The move comes only two months after Richard Clarke resigned as special adviser to the president for cyberspace security, shortly after the release . . .
    White House cybersecurity adviser Howard Schmidt will step down from his post at the end of the month. The move comes only two months after Richard Clarke resigned as special adviser to the president for cyberspace security, shortly after the release of the Bush administration's strategy to secure cyberspace. Security analysts and vendors worry that cybersecurity is less of a priority for the federal government and that there will be no single administration official focused on getting the private and public sectors working together to secure the nation's digital infrastructure.

    "It's a revolving door at the top," says Pete Lindstrom, research director at Spire Security. "Is that indicative of the lack of authority of the position?"

    The top cybersecurity official in the administration after Schmidt's expected departure will be Robert Liscouski. As assistant secretary of infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department, Liscouski has responsibility for securing both the country's physical and digital infrastructures.

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