Obama's Cybersecurity Czar
Rumors are that RSA president Art Coviello declined the job. No surprise: it has no actual authority but a lot of responsibility.
Security experts have pointed out that previous cybersecurity positions, cybersecurity czars and directors at the Department of Homeland Security, have been unable to make any significant changes to lock down federal systems. Virtually nothing can get done without some kind of budgetary authority, security expert Bruce Schneier has said about the vacant position. An advisor can set priorities and try to carry them out, but won't have the clout to force government agencies to make changes and adhere to policies.
For the record, I was never approached. But I would certainly decline; this is a political job, and someone political needs to fill it.
And if you're going to appoint a cybersecurity czar, you have to give him actual budgetary authority -- otherwise he won't be able to get anything done, either.
Maybe we should do a reality TV show: "America's Next Cybersecurity Czar."
EDITED TO ADD (12/12): Commentary.
Posted on December 11, 2009 at 6:37 AM • 27 Comments