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Hathaway to Head US Cybersecurity Effort

President Barack Obama will tap a top aide to President George W. Bush's intelligence director to head his cybersecurity effort, according to government officials familiar with the decision. An announcement is expected as early as Monday.

The appointment of Melissa Hathaway, a former consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, is the president's first major decision on cybersecurity. She will lead a review of the government's efforts to secure computer networks against spies, terrorists and economic criminals and is expected to then head a new White House office of cybersecurity.

Read full story: Wall Street Journal

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Promise Broken Larry Seltzer  –  Feb 09, 2009 10:25 AM PDT

Not that I really care, but the list of campaign promises broken by Barack Obama got a little larger today.

According to the WSJ story linked to above "Ms. Hathaway will be a senior director at the National Security Council, which puts her at the same level as her predecessor in the Bush administration and a few rungs down from directly reporting to the president.”"

Obama specifically promised in the campaign that the cybersecurity czar would report directly to him. From http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Obama-Urged-to-Take-Immediate-Cyber-Security-Steps/: “Obama, though, said in July, "As president, I'll make cyber-security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century. I'll declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a national cyber-adviser, who will report directly to me."”

I was curious about the line I Larry Seltzer  –  Feb 09, 2009 10:32 AM PDT

I was curious about the line I quoted from eWEEK (for whom I write) so I went and found the exact line on the Obama site: http://www.barackobama.com/2008/07/16/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_95.php

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