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Former Bush adviser named Obama ‘cyber czar’

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Wednesday, Dec 23rd, 2009

Nearly a year after taking office, US President Barack Obama named Howard Schmidt, a former Bush administration adviser and Microsoft executive, as his cybsersecurity coordinator on Tuesday.

“Howard will have the important responsibility of orchestrating the many important cybersecurity activities across the government,” said John Brennan, Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Obama’s appointment of a White House “cyber czar” came 11 months after he was sworn in as president and seven months after he vowed to defend the United States against mounting espionage and hacker attacks to US government and private computer networks.

No single US agency is currently charged with ensuring government cybersecurity efforts and lawmakers had been calling for the creation of a powerful cybersecurity adviser reporting directly to the president.

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