10 Mar A struggle over U.S. cybersecurity
The resignation of the federal government’s cybersecurity coordinator highlights a power struggle underway over how best to defend the government’s civilian computer networks against digital attacks.
Rod A. Beckstrom resigned the post Friday after less than a year on the job, citing a lack of funding and the National Security Agency’s tightening grip on government cybersecurity matters.
Beckstrom is director of the National Cyber Security Center — an organization created last March to help coordinate such security efforts across the intelligence community. But recently, Beckstrom said, efforts have been underway to fold his group into a facility at the NSA.
Beckstrom said in an interview over the weekend that his group was formed to coordinate the various agencies’ efforts but not to be controlled by the NSA.
“This is a coordination body and it resides alongside or above the other centers, but certainly not below them,” Beckstrom said. “In my view, it is very important that there be independence for the [center], and that it be able to carry out its role.”
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