Mike McConnell is executive director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida. McConnell was vice chair of the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton and is a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy. During his naval career he served as director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996. As a civilian, he served as the Director of National Intelligence for two years, a position of cabinet rank, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
A White House cyber director lacks budget and staff, and a cabinet-level "Department of Cybersecurity" risks alienating stakeholders, but there is a model already in place that could manage the "whole of government" cybersecurity approach.