24 December 2009

US appoints Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity chief

The White House has appointed its cyber tsar, following a seven-month search. Howard Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive who advised President Bush, was appointed after others turned down the job. Mr Schmidt has been set the task of uniting various disparate agencies and organisations to shore up the country's defence against cyber attack. See also Obama cyber czar choice worries about smartphones, social networking (Network World).