[ISN] White House Cyber Czar: 'There Is No Cyberwar'

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 02:45:00 -0600 (CST)

By Ryan Singel  
Threat Level
March 4, 2010 

Howard Schmidt, the new cybersecurity czar for the Obama administration, 
has a short answer for the drumbeat of rhetoric claiming the United 
States is caught up in a cyberwar that it is losing.

"There is no cyberwar," Schmidt told Wired.com in a sit-down interview 
Wednesday at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.

"I think that is a terrible metaphor and I think that is a terrible 
concept," Schmidt said. "There are no winners in that environment."

Instead, Schmidt said the government needs to focus its cybersecurity 
efforts to fight online crime and espionage.

His stance contradicts Michael McConnell, the former director of 
national intelligence who made headlines last week when he testified to 
Congress that the country was already in the midst of a cyberwar -- and 
was losing it.


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