recommended reading

Schmidt resigns from White House cyber post

Lawrence Jackson/White House

Howard Schmidt, who coordinated the Obama Administration's push for cybersecurity policy and legislation, is stepping down after two-and-a-half years on the job, the Washington Post reports.

Michael Daniel, who heads the intelligence branch of the White House budget office, will take over the post when Schmidt departs at the end of May.
 
The move comes as the administration is at loggerheads with Congress over cybersecurity and the fate of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). In a policy statement released April 25, the Obama administration hammered at CISPA, arguing the measure would not protect critical infrastructure, on the grounds that it would not protect infrastructure while compromising personal liberties and ceding a domestic law enforcement task to the intelligence community.
 
Schmidt was also behind a plan to verify individual identities online called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). A $24 million allocation to fund this measure was not included in the House budget for Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. This also prompted a rejoinder from the White House urging funding for NSTIC.
 
Schmidt served in the air force and civilian law enforcement, and advised the administration of George W. Bush on cybersecurity after the Sept. 11 attacks. He plans to teach cybersecurity issues and spend more time with his family in retirement.

Threatwatch Alert

Network intrusion / Spear-phishing

Researchers: Bank-Targeting Malware Sales Rise in Dark Web Markets

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.