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While RSA 2010 is in high-gear, I took some time out from meetings, speaking at our booth theater and catching up on threats, to listen to the recently-appointed Cybersecurity Coordinator (Cyber-Czar) share his views on issues involving cybersecurity as well as his objectives and priorities.
The interview started off with an introduction which revealed a background that, by comparison, would seem only possible if you lived two lifetimes. I knew of some of Schmidt's background, but the list of accomplishments was inspiring. By the way, this is a decent starting-point if you're interested in reading about Schmidt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Schmidt.
Schmidt opened with a pointed remark to remind everyone that the cybersecurity challenge is not simply one the the U.S. must solve, it is a global one. He went on to remind us that there are significant gaps and vulnerabilities outside the U.S.
Below are several of the objectives and priorities that were outlined (Schmidt stated that it tracks with the Cybersecurity Policy Review):
I'll quickly highlight a few other points that were touched or were parts of the Q&A session:
I'm optimistic that Schmidt will be able to carry out most (if not all) of his plans. We need good, and experienced leadership at the helm of such a critical role – especially at this critical juncture in the maturation of the Internet and the rate of growth of cybercrime and cyberattacks.
Sr. Research Director
Author ESET Research, ESET