Obama selects Schmidt to take up cybersecurity coordinator

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NEWS IN BRIEF: President Barack Obama has chosen Howard Schmidt to take up the role as the national cybersecurity coordinator, according to an “administration official” talking to the Washington Post. The role will coordinate cybersecurity policy across the federal government – including the military agencies.

Schmidt, who is the president of the not-for-profit consortium Information Security Forum and was a cyber-adviser to the former Bush administration, will report to the national security advisor. Schmidt was also the chief security officer at Microsoft and the chief information security officer at auction site eBay.

The position is said to be announced on Wednesday (Tuesday in Washington DC), and does not require the Senate to confirm his role.

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