Howard Schmidt

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a new report yesterday that details plans to complement the nation’s existing cybersecurity policy, according to a blog entry on the office’s site co-authored by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt.

Howard Schmidt has been the White House cybersecurity coordinator for nearly 18 months now, and in that time has helped develop and shape the Obama administration’s policies and thinking on cybercrime, online privacy and cybersecurity. In the second part of a recent interview with Threatpost editor Dennis Fisher, Schmidt discusses the national data breach bill, using offensive weapons online and the prospects of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

The release of the International Strategy for Cyberspace late last month marked a major shift in the way that United States officials think about and treat information security, which now seems as if it will have a place at the table during diplomatic discussions. However, experts and U.S. officials say that there still is quite a lot of road ahead if security is to become one of the country’s top priorities.