Obama Administration Establishes National Cyber Security Posts

Lora Bentley

Last month, the White House released the results of its 60-day cyber security review, conducted by acting cyber security chief Melissa Hathaway. At the same time, the administration announced the creation of a White House cyber security czar position.


The Wall Street Journal reports the position won't be filled immediately, but that Hathaway is a candidate, as well as Microsoft VP Scott Charney, and Maureen Baginski. Once appointed, the cyber security czar will report to both the National Security Agency and the National Economic Council. The dual reporting structure results from what was a "fierce... turf battle" regarding the new official's role and responsibilities.


A parallel military position has also been established, according to the WSJ. NSA head Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander is expected to lead the military cyber security effort.

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