Cybersecurity Director’s IP Address Not Renewed
by Marc Ambinder
The administration announced yesterday that acting National Security Council senior director Melissa Hathaway would be leaving her job as of mid-August, saying that she had resigned. But Hathway, in reality, is completing a task and will not be around to oversee it. She was detailed to the NSC from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for two periods, the last of which ends next week. She will stay on through 8/21, by which point the administration hopes to have appointed a new director for the cybsersecurity staff at the NSC.
Nick Shapiro, a White House spokesman, sent along this update about the progress of the search:
Cyber security is a major priority for the President which is why shortly after taking office he directed his National Security Council and Homeland Security Council to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the federal government’s efforts to defend our information and communications infrastructure and to recommend the best way to secure these networks and our prosperity. The White House released the report and announced the creation of a cyber security coordinator who will have direct access to the President and that the Obama administration is pursuing a new comprehensive approach to securing America’s digital infrastructure. The President is personally committed to finding the right person for this job, and a rigorous selection process is well underway.
Hathaway’s review was not well recieved, but it was hardly her fault: she had 60 days and fewer than 10 staff members to complete a task that should have been given more resources and time to complete.
Considering the lackluster names put forward thus far for this position, I had hoped that at the very least Melissa would be the front runner for this posting. Unfortunately now, I think that this is not at all possible and perhaps the messenger has been shot here.
Frankly, even with the 60 days time frame, it is clear that the punches were pulled a bit in the report and certainly the recommendations were sparse due to time as well as brevity in reporting. This effort, the one to “secure” our infrastructure is no simple task and is fraught with “EPIC FAIL STUPID” in everyone we will have to deal with to fix things. There is no easy way to secure the nations infrastructure, especially because much of that said infrastructure is in the hands of private corporations.
So, I predict much time wasting, useless candidates who are ill equipped to handle the job, and an EPIC amount of FAIL to overcome to make the smallest of changes on how things are done.
I said it once and I will say it again now.. The only ones really equipped to handle this would be the NSA.. But, given all the things that have been discovered.. No, wait, HALF discovered or disclosed lately, I think that perhaps;
A) Hell they already 0wn the networks so they are the ones exploiting the systems
B) Cannot be trusted.. For who is watching the watchers? Turns out no one is…
C) Even if they had an affiliation with the security of the nations infrastructure, the pall of abuse still lingers
So, I don’t think it feasible to have them involved at all.. This leaves us with having the buffoons at DHS in charge…
Or the Senate sticking their computer illiterate fingers in the digital pie…
The net effect, we are screwed.