Yay! We have a new cybersecurity czar. From The Washington Post.
Boo! It’s not really certain who is in charge anymore.
Sources in the government contracting community said the White House is expected to announce as early as Thursday the selection of Rod A. Beckstrom as a top-level adviser based in the Department of Homeland Security.
… DHS only recently appointed Greg Garcia, former head of the Information Technology Association of America, to be assistant secretary for cyber-security and telecommunications…
Garcia in turn answers to Robert D. Jamison, who serves as Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate. When asked last week at a press briefing about a simulated cyber attack against the United States who would lead the government’s response in the event of a sustained cyber attack on the federal government, Jamison said that duty would fall to him.
Double Boo! Beckman’s not a security guy.
By all accounts, Beckstrom is neither a cyber-security expert nor a Washington insider. But his private-sector background and published writings emphasize a decentralized approach to managing large organizations.
Is it just a pathological condition that this Administration chooses people with no domain experience for positions of authority? How long until we hear, “Becksie, you’re doing a heckuva job”??