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White House Hires a New Cybersecurity Boss

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the who's-in-charge dept.

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TheGift73 writes "Last week, longtime chief Howard Schmidt stepped down. He's been replaced by Michael Daniel, who's been in the Office of Management and Budget's national security division for 17 years. What does that mean for the future of the cybersecurity issue? Probably that we can expect his knowledge of the intelligence community to play a part in not just tracking down hackers, but determining the lines that need to be crossed with future SOPA-like bills. So while this sounds like a relatively nondescript appointment, Daniel will almost definitely be a major player the next time someone comes for your internet."

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In November, Romney reigns supreme (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40063981)

All these Socialist morons will get their walking papers when Mitt brings free market justice into town.

Re:In November, Romney reigns supreme (5, Funny)

msailors (2221966) | more than 2 years ago | (#40064183)

Hi, you must be new here. And by here I mean America.

Re:In November, Romney reigns supreme (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40064915)

Replacing Socialist Morons with greedy Imperialist morons? Great! We're pretty screwed either way.

Re:In November, Romney reigns supreme (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 2 years ago | (#40065453)

yes that may be true but hey at least Romney is not against you getting paid for the "privilege". Im just waiting for folks MY AGE to start getting these government spots (since im at the age where we at least grew up with some "internet" stuff )

Re:In November, Romney reigns supreme (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40065521)

I think you meant:

Replacing Socialist Morons with Socialist Mormons

Oh no! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40064057)

Another Czar added to the legion of Obama-appointed Czars who are slowly eroding away American freedoms to discriminate against lazy welfare queens who want same-sex marriages so they can fill up the jails with more disappointed men who can't get laid so turn to a life of crime!

Re:Oh no! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40065433)

Are you using the twat-o-tron?

Guess i didn't get the job... (0)

who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) | more than 2 years ago | (#40064087)

:-P

Same Story? (0)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | more than 2 years ago | (#40064135)

WTF am I missing here? Isn't this the same fucking story? And, to make it to the front page?

Big surprise (2)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | more than 2 years ago | (#40064343)

Another faceless bureaucrat put in charge of something to which he has a vague comprehension. So if he worked national security for OMB, does that mean he is an accountant that finds terrorists?

I'm sure Al-Qaeda is shaking in their boots. "Please don't audit me!"

Re:Big surprise (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#40066669)

I'm sure Al-Qaeda is shaking in their boots. "Please don't audit me!"

If he worked for the IRS than that would truly be a terrifying prospect.

Re:Big surprise (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 2 years ago | (#40066705)

No, he'll try to infiltrate their organization by offering to help fill out their tax forms.

Re:Big surprise (1)

quantaman (517394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40072923)

Another faceless bureaucrat put in charge of something to which he has a vague comprehension. So if he worked national security for OMB, does that mean he is an accountant that finds terrorists?

I'm sure Al-Qaeda is shaking in their boots. "Please don't audit me!"

Would you prefer a political appointee who comes in due to nepotism, or to appease some political allies?

I'm not saying this guy isn't necessarily one of those things, but being in the "Office of Management and Budget's national security division for 17 years" doesn't mean he doesn't know cybersecurity. In general if a faceless bureaucrat gets appointed to an important position I'd expect it's because they're damn good at it.

Re:Big surprise (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | more than 2 years ago | (#40076929)

In general if a faceless bureaucrat gets appointed to an important position I'd expect it's because they're damn good at it.

You obviously have not worked for the US government.

Great, more 'bosses' and 'czars' (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40064395)

I confess a lack of well-versedness with the subtleties of Presidential privilege, but I can't shake the feeling that the appointment of these "bosses," "czars," and other authority figures is somehow an attempt at an end-run around rule of law, similar to the way the FCC can impose restrictions, levy fines, and carry out other actions without Congressional approval.

Convenient timing, too, what with SOPA crashing and burning and ACTA looking like its fate is grim.

If this is going to be a regular thing, can we at least mandate that for every new "czar" appointed, some other official gets shitcanned? I nominate John S. Pistole for next pink-slip recipient.

Re:Great, more 'bosses' and 'czars' (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 2 years ago | (#40068075)

similar to the way the FCC can impose restrictions, levy fines, and carry out other actions without Congressional approval.

Congress pre-approved the FCCs actions by law. They're welcome to revise their law to not give away so much of their power, but then they'd have to waste their time on mundane day-to-day shit about running the country rather than making themselves look like heroes to their constituents by passing laws against terrorists and pedophiles while grandstanding on abortions, flag burning, gay marriage, etc.

CISPA (2)

CanEHdian (1098955) | more than 2 years ago | (#40065411)

Howard Schmidt was critical of CISPA in public. Goodbye, Howard. Notice how he isn't yet picked up by neither RIAA or MPAA? TFA sums it up best to what Michael Daniel's job will be: "determining the lines that need to be crossed with future SOPA-like bills."

Coincidence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40067435)

I suppose it's just a coincidence that this story came out right before this one:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/05/21/134232/ask-slashdot-best-way-to-monitor-traffic

Wait a second.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40067473)

Don't we call them "Tzars" anymore??

This is what happened. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40068147)

NSA won the turf war.

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