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Obama cybersecurity speech: A serious commitment to change

Consumer Reports News: May 29, 2009 02:12 PM

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President Obama speaking on America's cyber infrastructure. Photo: Jeff Fox

In launching his cybersecurity initiative at the White House today, President Obama promised determination, cooperation, accountability, and a return in the 21st century to the can-do spirit that made America great in the 20th century.

As expected, Obama did announce the creation of a “cyber security coordinator” position in the White House, but didn’t announce who will fill it. But, in the wake of rampant speculation that such a cyber-czar would have a hard time effectively coordinating the federal agencies that routinely engage in turf battles over internet security, the President was very clear that whoever is chosen will have the power of the presidency behind him or her. Obama promised that whoever fills the position “will have my full support and regular access to me.”

I’ll be posting more analysis of the speech shortly on this blog. —Jeff Fox

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