Obama near choosing cyber security chief - source

WASHINGTON Wed Sep 9, 2009 11:38pm IST

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a memorial service for journalist Walter Cronkite at Lincoln Center in New York, September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a memorial service for journalist Walter Cronkite at Lincoln Center in New York, September 9, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

Related Topics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber security coordinator is expected to be announced by President Barack Obama in the next week or two, and the lead candidate is Frank Kramer, who was an assistant Defense secretary under President Bill Clinton, a source said on Wednesday.

The source, who has direct knowledge of the matter, asked not to be named because of its sensitive nature.

U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra told reporters at a technology conference on Wednesday that he had interviewed candidates for the position, and that a coordinator would be named in the not too distant future.

Chopra said Chris Painter, a former FBI cyber security specialist, was acting coordinator.

Melissa Hathaway, who led a 60-day White House review of cyber policies, resigned in August. A holdover from the Bush administration, Hathaway has said she withdrew her application for the position out of frustration over the administration's delays in filling the post.

Obama had promised in May that he would personally decide who would become cyber security coordinator to lead the fight against cyber crime.

Holes in U.S. cyber security have allowed thefts of identities, money, intellectual property and corporate secrets, as well as sensitive military information and penetration of the U.S. electrical grid.

The Pentagon is considering creating a command dedicated to cyberspace, under the auspices of U.S. Strategic Command.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Fighting the Islamic State

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Fighting Ebola

Fighting Ebola

Cuban doctors proud to risk lives in mission to halt Ebola.  Full Article 

Baghdad Bombing

Baghdad Bombing

Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21  Full Article 

Canada On Alert

Canada On Alert

Canada raises terrorism threat level, cites Islamist chatter.  Full Article 

Foreign Threat?

Foreign Threat?

Sweden gets two new sightings, as hunt for undersea intruder goes on.  Full Article 

Iran Nuclear Talks

Iran Nuclear Talks

Exclusive: Iran offers "compromises" in nuclear talks, West unmoved  Full Article 

Prisoner Freed

Prisoner Freed

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle.  Full Article 

Npeal Disaster

Npeal Disaster

Death toll in Nepal's worst trekking disaster reaches 43  Full Article 

Power Failure

Power Failure

Japan's bid to forge national grid stumbles.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage