December 22, 2009 By Russell Nichols
represents the federal government's push to take cyber-security seriously, said Seth Kulakow, Colorado's CISO.
With his private and public experience, Kulakow added, Schmidt brings a unique perspective to the movement.
"He understands procurement and sole sourcing," he said. "It gives him a credibility that you wouldn't get if you've chosen someone who just has a public-sector life. It brings a nice mix to the field."
His resumé also caught the attention of other interested groups, who see his extensive background as a tool for collaboration, a crucial component for developing programs and implementing cyber-security measures.
Phillip J. Bond, president of TechAmerica, sent a congratulatory letter to Obama on behalf of the company's 1,500 members and the technology industry at large, stating that the appointment of Schmidt signals a push for partnerships.
"We have long advocated for such a position in order to truly leverage the partnership of government and industry to simultaneously drive innovation in information technology and advancements in efforts to secure the national asset that is our digital infrastructure," Bond wrote. "Your selection of Howard Schmidt to serve in this role is a very strong and valued signal that this is a challenge for government and industry to solve together."
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