[ISN] Schmidt to take greater role in U.S. cybersecurity
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Tue Oct 12 02:20:31 EDT 2004
By Robert Lemos
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
October 11, 2004
The United States' former cybersecurity czar, Howard Schmidt, has
agreed to take a greater role in the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness
Team (US-CERT) as an adviser, he said Monday.
Schmidt, the chief security officer of online auctioneer eBay,
currently cooperates with Carnegie Mellon University's Software
Engineering Institute and that group's Computer Emergency Response
Team (CERT) Coordination Center to advise the nation's incident
response team. The Department of Homeland Security has asked him to
play a greater part, he said. He has agreed but is currently
discussing the details with the Department of Homeland Security and
"I will take a more active role," he said.
Schmidt will probably help manage the communication between the
government group and the private companies that own more than 80
percent of the nation's Internet and communications infrastructure,
expanding the role he has taken as a working group co-chairman in the
National Cyber Security Partnership and as the founder of the Global
"The pieces that are in place are going to require more activity and a
more in-depth role that you can't do by meeting only once a quarter,"
The details are still being discussed, he said, adding that no title
has yet been decided upon. He will not be working as part of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, but rather with Carnegie Mellon's
CERT Coordination Center.
DHS officials did not immediately reply to requests for comment on
Amit Yoran, who succeeded Schmidt as top cybersecurity official in the
United States, resigned this month, a little more than a year after
joining the Department of Homeland Security. He was tasked with
carrying out a major part of the initiatives outlined in President
Bush's cybersecurity plan, which some argue he couldn't accomplish
because he lacked direct access to Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Schmidt worked as Microsoft's chief security officer and then, from
January 2002 to April 2003, as the vice chairman of the White House's
National Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.
Schmidt stressed that with this latest move, he is not "going back to
government," but rather working with government and private industry.
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