President Obama to Appoint Cybersecurity Czar

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The new cybersecurity czar, expected to be named Friday morning, will get the charge to defend the nation's crtical infrastructure from attack by hostile nations and terrorist groups. The question is, based on this office's prior performance, who would want the job?

President Barrack Obama is expected to march out on the Rose Garden lawn Friday morning and proclaim the next cybersecurity czar—the man or woman who will coordinate and lead the defense of the U.S. critical digital infrastructure.

Some people will argue that the need for this post has never been greater. Many IT security vendors and solution providers believe we need a strong hand at this helm to protect our digital assets. Just look at the security landscape. The Chinese have penetrated our power grid. Worms roam the Internet unimpeded. Malware generation is increasing at a hype-exponential rate. And reliance on digital resources is so great that the severing of one fiber-optic cable has the potential of disrupting an already fragile economy.

A number of names have been floated for the post, but none has surfaced as the leading candidate. Even if one did, here would be my first question: "why do you want the job?"

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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