Howard Schmidt, Cybersecurity Coordinator, White House
Howard Schmidt has maintained a low profile compared to other White House techies like federal CTO Aneesh Chopra and federal CIO Vivek Kundra, but he's an active and influential figure behind the scenes.
While DOD and DHS have operational control over much of federal cybersecurity, Schmidt, the federal cybersecurity coordinator, and his office have focused on a number of projects to bolster cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors, including the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. Schmidt's office also helped develop policy around cybersecurity compliance in government, is playing an active role in communicating with Congress about cybersecurity legislation, and has a say in federal R&D spending on cybersecurity. Before joining the Obama administration, Schmidt was president and CEO of the Information Security Forum, CISO at eBay, and chief security officer for Microsoft.
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