[ISN] Richard Clarke: American Grandstand

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    Richard Clarke: American Grandstand
    Thu Feb 6 05:46:48 EST 2003
    by Jericho (security curmudgeon)
    Richard A. Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace
    Security (lovingly known as the Cyber Security Czar), recently
    announced plans to retire after little over a year from his
    appointment by George W. Bush.
    Under President Bill Clinton, Clarke was appointed the first National
    Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-
    terrorism in May 1998. Later, Clarke was appointed Special Advisor to
    the President for Cyberspace Security in October 2001 by President
    George Bush.
    Having someone appointed to the position of Cyber Security Czar
    originally promised great advancement for the cause of internet
    security. Unlike most political appointments, Clarke appeared to have
    a genuine interest in learning more about security and its players,
    despite his lack of IT or security background. He made himself
    available and spoke at conventions such as Black Hat Briefings and
    Defcon 10. These acts were taken as a sign that he was willing to get
    his hands dirty, study all sides of the issue, and make informed
    decisions about the national security infrastructure. These hopes were
    quickly dashed, and Clarke reverted to typical czar behavior, leading
    the industry to ask, "Is Clarke the Right Man For the Job?"
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