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Howard Schmidt leaving government cybersecurity job

Howard Schmidt, the deputy to former cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke and the front-runner to become the Bush administration’s top cybersecurity adviser, announced this morning that he is retiring from government service after only 17 months. Schmidt, the former chief security officer at Microsoft Corp., played a key role in drafting the Bush administration’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, which was released Feb. 14 (see story). He has also been an important figure in the administration’s outreach efforts to the private sector, which owns and operates more than 85% of the nation’s critical infrastructure systems and facilities. In an informal letter of resignation e-mailed to friends and colleagues and obtained by Computerworld today, Schmidt praised the work of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and said during the coming weeks he will be meeting with Robert Liscouski, the recently appointed Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and with various leaders in cybersecurity to ensure a smooth transfer of projects now in progress. Full Story

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