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Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity 'czar': Who is he?

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President Obama on Tuesday selected Howard Schmidt to serve as the White House cybersecurity coordinator, or "cyber czar." An expert and pioneer in computer forensics, Mr. Schmidt was also an official in President George W. Bush’s administration. Schmidt has a four-decade career in technology and law enforcement, alternating between the government and private sector. Here are some facts about him.

Why does this matter?

In May, Mr. Obama declared that securing computer networks would be a national security priority, because the US "digital infrastructure" is a "strategic national asset." The position has been vacant since acting senior director for cyberspace Melissa Hathaway resigned in August.

Professional background


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