Tuesday, August 11, 2009

US government cybersecurity bigwigs leaving

According to the Register two key people of president Obama's cyber security staff left over the 5 months.

In March, Rod Beckstrom, resigned as head of the National Cyber Security Center. He headed an office within the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for coordinating the defense of civilian, military, and intelligence networks. According to the article there was quite some frustration on Mr. Beckstrom's side regarding the funding of responsibilities of his office.

Last week then Mischel Kwon submitted her letter of resignation. She was the director of the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team. Again the

According to the Washington Post Kwon, who was the fourth US-CERT director in five years, was frustrated with bureaucratic obstacles and a lack of authority to fulfill her mission.

According to the Post also the lead White House cyber security official, Melissa E. Hathaway, is going to step down next week.

What is going on with the nation's cyber security? I must say I have not been impressed so far with the approaches that the nation has been going to secure some of the nation's most critical infrastructure. But those resignations make me believe we might have had the right people but they could not execute.

Here are the articles:
Mischel Kwon article
Rod Beckstrom article

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