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Analysis: Schmidt tenure as cyber czar a mixed bag

During his tenure, Schmidt oversaw new, large-scale cyber initiatives, but kept a relatively low profile. Experts debate his mixed legacy calling it a solid effort with a shortened leash.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Greg Garcia , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , OMB , Michael Daniel

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 09:40pm EDT

White House cyber czar Howard Schmidt to retire

Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is stepping down after 2-1/2 years, an NSC spokeswoman confirms.

Tags: cybersecurity , cybersecurity coordinator , Michael Daniel , OMB

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 09:37am EDT

Agencies feel strain of balancing mobility, security

The Army and DISA will release a broad agency announcement this summer seeking third party software to secure smartphones and tablet computers. The Marine Corps is looking at host of different possibilities to secure mobile devices, including a process to verify the software code in apps.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Army , Marine Corps , defense , Stephen Smith , Ray Letteer , Emma Garrison-Alexander , TSA , White House , mobile computing , McAfee , DISA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 05:18am EDT

White House presses for stricter cyber rules for critical infrastructure

Information sharing is critical but insufficient, White House cyber chief says. Howard Schmidt said the federal government's responsibility is broader than its own systems and that is why any cyber bill needs stronger oversight of critical networks.

Tags: cybersecurity , Congress , FISMA , Lisa Murkowski , Joe Lieberman , technology , DHS , Jared Serbu , Susan Collins , Georgetown University , Critical infrastructure

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:36am EDT

White House cyber chief lays out top three priorities

Howard Schmidt, on his blog, lists the areas for improvement within federal cybersecurity.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , White House , Federal Drive

Monday - 03/26/2012, 08:14am EDT

White House concerned over online piracy bills

The Obama administration expressed concerns over bills it says would undermine "the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

Tags: Aneesh Chopra , Victoria Espinel , cybersecurity , piracy , White House , OMB , technology , Congress , Senate

Saturday - 01/14/2012, 02:37pm EST

New cyber strategy coordinates $1B in R&D efforts

The White House released the new plan to focus on four broad areas to improve cybersecurity in the government and in the private sector. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said agencies will issue RFPs and RFIs to meet the strategy's goals.

Tags: technology , cybersecuirty , Office of Science and Technology Policy , Research and development , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:16am EST

Senate begins work on FISMA update

Lieberman said a congressional staff is reviewing draft legislative language of the comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, which includes an update to the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act. Sen. Reid promised to work on a cyber bill during the early part of the Senate session in 2012.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Joe Lieberman , Congress , Tom Carper , FISMA , Diane Watson , Harry Reid , Jason Miller , Homeland Security and Defense Business Council

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:59am EST

White House grading agency cyber progress

Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.

Tags: technology , management , cybersecurity , Jacob Olcott , OMB , DHS , cyber coordinator , TIC , secure identity cards , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Jason Miller , CyberStat , Good Harbor Consulting

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:50am EDT

NIST's Furlani to retire in early 2012

Charles Romine has been selected to replace Furlani as the head of the NIST IT lab.

Tags: management , people , Cita Furlani , Charles Romine , NIST , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , cybersecurity , technology , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 01:53pm EDT
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