Government: Top gun

government 0810 2Barack Obama appealed to many in the information security industry when, during his campaign for president, he addressed cybersecurity issues. Once elected, however, the wait began for substantive action. Then, in December 2009, Howard Schmidt, a well-known and long-time player in the information security marketplace, was appointed to the position of cybersecurity coordinator, reporting to President Obama. Most in the industry applauded the move, but given false starts and stops by the government on cybersecurity initiatives in the past, others wonder if passing months will see more of the same lurches and stumbles.

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