[ISN] Bush Fills Key Cybersecurity Posts

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Date: Fri Mar 14 2003 - 00:27:49 PST

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    By Brian Krebs
    washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
    Thursday, March 13, 2003; 4:42 PM 
    The Bush administration today said it will appoint a senior Coca-Cola
    Corp. executive and a former CIA official to top leadership positions
    in charge of cybersecurity and intelligence gathering at the new
    Department of Homeland Security.
    The White House said it will name Robert Liscouski, director of
    information assurance for Coca-Cola Corp., as assistant secretary of
    infrastructure protection. He would be responsible for programs that
    protect the nation's vital physical and digital assets from attack.  
    Liscouski currently is a member of the Intelligence Science Board, a
    CIA advisory panel.
    The administration also named Paul Redmond, the former chief of CIA
    counterintelligence, to serve as assistant secretary for information
    analysis. Redmond, whose work led to the uncovering of CIA spy Aldrich
    Ames, is preparing a report to the CIA on the damage done to U.S.  
    intelligence efforts by Robert Hanssen, the FBI counterintelligence
    expert convicted of spying for Russia.
    Observers applauded Liscouski's selection as assistant secretary,
    saying his experience on information assurance issues indicates that
    the White House plans to keep a spotlight on cybersecurity.
    "Liscouski has a good reputation within industry for caring about
    these issues, and part and parcel of his responsibility at Coke would
    have been to manage a very active cybersecurity program," said Mario
    Correa, director of Internet and network security policy at the
    Business Software Alliance.
    Neither Liscouski nor Redmond could be immediately reached for
    The White house still has not settled on a nominee to lead the
    Homeland Security division where Liscouski and Redmond will serve,
    known as the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
    Directorate (IAIP).
    Administration officials said, however, that they are in the final
    stages of vetting Frank Libutti -- deputy commissioner of
    counterterrorism for the New York City Policy Department -- as
    undersecretary for IAIP. The retired Marine lieutenant general was
    instrumental in helping set up the new department, serving as the
    administration's special assistant for homeland security until January
    The administration sources also said Howard Schmidt -- a former
    Microsoft security chief and the current White House cybersecurity
    adviser -- is negotiating a move to become cybersecurity adviser for
    the Homeland Security Department, reporting to department Secretary
    Tom Ridge.
    Schmidt was not immediately available for comment.
    Many observers had feared that cybersecurity matters would be
    overlooked as a subset of the infrastructure protection post. Their
    fears were compounded last month when cybersecurity adviser Richard
    Clarke resigned from his post and the administration issued an
    executive order abolishing the cybersecurity board that Clarke
    chaired, transferring its duties to the Homeland Security department.
    Department officials declined to comment.
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