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President's Top IT Security Adviser To Resign

White House cybersecurity adviser Howard Schmidt will resign from his post at the end of the month, raising concerns about the Bush administration’s commitment to implementing its strategy for protecting the nation’s critical information infrastructure. Several friends and close associates of Schmidt said he had informed them of his plans to leave the White House. The former chief of security at Microsoft Corp., Schmidt became chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board in February following the departure of his predecessor, Richard Clarke. Schmidt played a key role in drafting the administration’s recently released cybersecurity strategy, and has spent the last two years building ties with the private sector in a joint effort to protect the nation’s most important information systems from cyber-attack. He had been negotiating to become cybersecurity adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, but his effort fell through, according to friends and associates interviewed for this story. Full Story

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