Melissa Hathaway


Abdicating on a Cyber Security Czar?

In May, President Obama completed his long-awaited “cyberspace policy review,” concluding that cyberspace is a strategic asset that must be safeguarded from attack as a national security priority. 
The president promised to appoint a permanent “cyber czar” who would coordinate the work of federal agencies charged with protecting us. But since “acting cyber-security czar” Melissa Hathaway resigned in August, the post has been unfilled.  Why?   Read the full op-ed [LA Times/James D. Zirin]

Obama is Failing the Cybersecurity Test

That giant sucking sound you hear is the steady stream of talented security people and experienced policy makers getting out of Washington as quickly as possible as the Obama administration continues to be paralyzed by indecision and a lack of direction regarding cybersecurity.

Hathaway Resigns as Federal Cybersecurity Adviser

Melissa Hathaway has left her post as the country’s top cybersecurity adviser, casting even more doubt on who will take the open job of cybersecurity coordinator created by President Obama in May. Hathaway said she is resigning for personal reasons and has no interest in the coordinator job, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Much of the talk at the RSA Conference last week centered on the lack of the unifying theme or big-time story that usually emerges to take over the show by mid-week. But there was, in fact, a major story, and it was the abject failure of the Obama administration, in the person of Melissa Hathaway, to deliver any concrete details on its plans to drag the country’s information security infrastructure out of the quagmire it’s been in for nearly a decade.

By George Hulme
In her much anticipated talk, acting senior director for cyberspace by President Obama, Melissa Hathaway generally reviewed what we already knew, and what has been previously reported when it comes to federal cyber security: The White House should coordinate IT security efforts; private sector needs to play a bigger role in securing cyberspace (hey, wasn’t this also the mantra for Richard Clarke’s National Strategy to Secure Cyber Space?); and a handful of agencies should be responsible for the security of federal computer networks.

One of the more widely anticipated keynotes at the RSA Conference this week is the talk by Melissa Hathaway, who was in charge of the Obama administration’s recently completed review of the country’s information security standing. However it now looks unlikely that Hathaway will actually reveal any of the key findings or recommendations in the review during her talk on Wednesday afternoon at the conference.

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