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Howard Schmidt was confirmed as President Obama's cybersecurity czar on Tuesday, confirming an earlier prediction by AP that the long vacant role was about to be filled. Schmidt is a former White House security advisor to George W. Bush with extensive career spells at eBay and Microsoft. He certainly has the diplomatic skills …


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  1. Jelliphiish

    not a job

    he's worked for ebay and microsoft. what makes you think he's going to be honest about security breaches?

  2. Ian Ferguson

    Oh thank god for that

    When I saw the headline, I thought it was going to be Eric Schmidt.

  3. JaitcH

    DoD knows about security?

    Given that a British guy who is curious about the paranormal and things from afar can poke around in the 'secure' defence computers proves they are incompetent.

    1. Doug Glass

      And The Truth Shall Set You Free

      Except in USofAmerica where it just gets crapped on and buried in politics.

      Amen brother, you probably don't really know how true your statement is.

  4. Anonymous Coward


    Why would he be responsible for protecting banks from being hacked? They're private companies, and are among the better protected institutions in terms of security anyway, because they spend many millions a year in this area.

    Where is it indicated he's responsible for that?

  5. Anonymous Coward

    technical knowledge to fulfill the role

    > Howard Schmidt .. certainly has the diplomatic skills and technical knowledge to fulfill the role ..

    If they already have the technical knowledge, then why haven't they made a computer that can't be compromised to be used in botnets, merely by clicking on a URL or opening an email attachment ??

  6. disgruntled yank Silver badge

    easy job

    It's very simple. If the US Government wants its secrets secure, it should simply not go on-line, right?

  7. Rodrigo Valenzuela
    Big Brother


    For a second I thought "Eric Schmidt "...


    After this comment: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," being granted such a place is really scary.

    Fortunately, this other Schmidt has just worked for Microsoft and ebay, so everything should be fine


  8. Captain Save-a-ho

    Re: not a job

    Plus he's worked for the former Prez, so it's likely he'll influence Obama to cut social programs and increase the defense spend in Iraq/Afghanistan.

    Surely no Obama supporter can like this move? What happened to all the promised change?

  9. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    For someone the NSA

    once listed as the most dangerous hacker in America, he sure don't look like much.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Good lord

    eBay & Microsoft? Sure... Both glittering examples of rock solid security. I am honestly convinced my government no longer has any remaining shreds of common sense (let alone good sense) or even the slightest clue as to what the hell it's trying to do anymore.

  12. Adam Salisbury

    Cyber-security Czar

    Never before have I heard such an eloborate title for a man whose job it is to keep mildy autistic british people off of their servers

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