Appoint a National Cyber Advisor Who Will Report Directly to Me

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"As president, I'll make cyber-security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century. I'll declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a National Cyber Advisor who will report directly to me." — 7/16/08 West Lafayette, Ind.

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Updated: February 10, 2009

Obama orders review of cyber security

On Feb. 9, President Obama ordered "an immediate review of the plan, programs and activities underway throughout the government dedicated to cyber security," according to a statement from the White House.

"This 60-day interagency review will develop a strategic framework to ensure that U.S. government cyber security initiatives are appropriately integrated, resourced and coordinated with Congress and the private sector," the statement said.

The president designated Melissa Hathaway to lead the review as acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils. Hathaway previously served as cyber coordination executive to the Director of National Intelligence in the Bush administration.


White House Web site, President Obama Directs the National Security and Homeland Security Advisors to Conduct Immediate Cyber Security Review, Feb. 9, 2009

Wall Street Journal, Hathaway to Head Cybersecurity Post, Feb. 8, 2009

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