When Andy Purdy, a lawyer and beltway insider, replaced Amit Yoran as acting director of the Homeland
Security Department's National Cyber Security Division it was viewed as a defeat by the security industry. But most agreed at the time that no security expert would take that job after seeing the series of frustrated Cyber Security Czars leave because they were powerless to actually accomplish anything. Now an AP story reveals that Mr. Purdy is a contractor who is “on loan” from Carnegie Mellon University and makes a salary of $577,000. And, oh, by the way, Carnegie Mellon gets $19 million a year from Purdy’s $107 million budget.
This is inexcusable. No amount of posturing is going to cover this blatant conflict of interest. Mr. Purdy has to step down.
The only question that remains. Who in the world would step into that spot? Of course anyone can put up with the endless meetings and government lethargy for $577K/year. But not very many security professionals would move to DC and live on the $131K that Amit Yoran earned as Purdy’s boss.