Cybersecurity expert hails new DHS cyber chief

November 22, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Personnel
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New Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity Mark Weatherford’s arrival could “herald an era of greater balance in national cybersecurity leadership” between DHS and the intelligence community, according to a prominent cybersecurity expert.

Weatherford was named to manage the department’s cybersecurity operations last month after the resignation of Philip Reitinger, who is now chief information security officer at Sony. SANS Institute research director Alan Paller said the change should tilt the balance toward the civilian agencies.

“For the first time in many years, the U.S. cybersecurity program will be run by a technologist rather than by a lawyer. There are good reasons to believe that this change will herald an era of greater balance in national cybersecurity leadership between [the National Security Agency] and DHS,” Paller said.

via The Hill, continued here.