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Cybersecurity Coordinator, The White House
Cybersecurity has become such a critical issue for the U.S. government that an unnamed person in an unfilled position gets a place among our top IT officials in government.
Earlier this year, President Obama disclosed the results of a review of the nation's cybersecurity efforts, saying that he would soon appoint a cybersecurity coordinator to orchestrate and integrate federal policies and efforts. Almost three months after that speech, however, the position remains unfilled, amid reports that several prospects have turned down the job. In the meantime, Chris Painter, deputy assistant director of the FBI's cyber division, is serving as the White House's acting senior director of cybersecurity.
The cybersecurity coordinator will report to both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council, and will manage a team of employees, including an official dedicated to safeguarding digital privacy and civil liberties. Attacks on government systems have increased in recent years, knocking out government Web sites, penetrating systems that control the electric grid, and pilfering sensitive documents on American fighter jets.