US-CERT Director Leaves Abruptly

July 25, 2011
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via Information Week

The director of the agency that protects the federal government from cyber attacks has resigned abruptly in the wake of a spate of hacks against government networks.

U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) director Randy Vickers resigned his position Friday, effective immediately, according to an e-mail to US-CERT staff sent by Bobbie Stempfley, acting assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, and obtained byInformationWeek. A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson confirmed the email was authentic.

The DHS has not provided a reason for Vickers’ sudden departure and the spokesperson, who asked to remain anonymous, declined to discuss the matter further. Vickers served as director of US-CERT since April 2009; previously, he was deputy director.

Current US-CERT deputy director Lee Rock will serve as interim director until the DHS names a successor for Vickers, according to the email.

“We are confident that our organization will continue its strong performance under his leadership,” Stempfley wrote, adding that the agency wishes Vickers success in future endeavors.

Vickers’ departure comes at a critical time for the organization, as federal networks have come under a barrage of attacks lately by a series of hacker groups–including Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec–that specifically are targeting government networks.

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