White House Cyber Security Coordinator Resigns

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U.S. cyber security coordinator Howard A. Schmidt has announced plans to retire from public service in order to teach and to spend time with his family.

"Schmidt, who will leave at the end of the month, took on the role of White House cybersecurity coordinator in early 2010 after a varied and long career in security and law enforcement," writes Threatpost's Dennis Fisher. "He was the CISO of Microsoft, and Air Force officer and had earlier served as the top cybersecurity officer in the George W. Bush administration."

"Schmidt filled a spot that has been tricky during presidential administrations, partly because of a turf war between the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency for control over the nation's cybersecurity efforts," writes CNET News' Elinor Mills. "He has served in security positions at eBay and Microsoft, and has also worked for the FBI's National Drug Intelligence Center and as a special agent for the Air Force, where he set up the government's first dedicated computer forensics lab."

"Schmidt has been instrumental in number of the White House’s recent cybersecurity initiatives, including the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the International Strategy for Cyberspace, and the comprehensive cybersecurity legislative proposal submitted to Congress last year," Infosecurity reports.

"He will be succeeded by Michael Daniel, chief of the White House budget office’s intelligence branch," writes The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima. "Daniel has worked at the Office of Management and Budget for 17 years, the past 10 handling cybersecurity issues."