This 60-day interagency review will develop a strategic framework to ensure that U.S. Government cyber security initiatives are appropriately integrated, resourced and coordinated with Congress and the private sector.The Wall Street Journal reports that White House plans to create a central cybersecurity office, with Hathaway at the helm. The 60-day review is preliminary to the creation of that office.
"The national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability, and integrity of our Nation's cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors. The President is confident that we can protect our nation's critical cyber infrastructure while at the same time adhering to the rule of law and safeguarding privacy rights and civil liberties," said Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan.
National Security Adviser James Jones, however, wanted more study of the issue and ordered an independent review, which resulted in the appointment of Ms. Hathaway to the White House post to conduct the review, according to one person familiar with the matter.
Hathaway's position is a few rungs down from the president, which disappointed Clinton-era security pro Roger Cressey: "They need a nationally known person to run cyber from the White House," he said. "Otherwise it's just old wine in a new bottle."
Hathaway designed a cybersecurity plan for the Bush Administration and previously worked in cybersecurity at Booz Allen.