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December 2009

Editor's Desk: Apathy and the Cybersecurity Coordinator

All I want for Christmas is a cybersecurity coordinator. No, not really. (I'd rather have a PS3). See, now that we're about to turn the page on 2009, and almost seven months have passed since President Obama declared cyberspace a strategic national asset and promised to put someone in charge of cybersecurity, we still don't have anyone on the job. And I don't care anymore. I don't care if Howard Schmidt gets the job -- again. I don't care if it's Paul Kurtz, Bruce Schneier or some obscure senator from Montana. See, I don't care. It's evident that these were hollow words from the president's mouth. It's evident the country's cybersecurity capabilities are best left to individual agencies and providers of critical infrastructure in the private sector. It's evident we don't need another bureaucrat telling us to update our antivirus and install a personal firewall on our PCs. Yawn. Give Melissa Hathaway her due; she knew when to get out of Dodge. Long thought to be a front-runner for the job, Hathaway bolted fast and furious in ...

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