The Obama administration is set to announce the creation of a new high-level position to run the cybersecurity program for the country. The announcement is expected on Friday, along with the release of the report on the administration’s 60-day review of the country’s cybersecurity posture.
The adviser will have the most comprehensive mandate granted to such an official to date and will probably be a member of the National Security Council but will report to the national security adviser as well as the senior White House economic adviser, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are not final.
The creation of this position has been seen as a virtual certainty for several months, but it also has sparked quite a bit of infighting in the Obama administration over where the position would be located and to whom the adviser would report. While it looks as though some of those issues have been resolved, expect more back-and-forth on the adviser’s authority and role in dealing with the private sector.