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    U.S. cybersecurity chief resigns

    About a year ago, Tony Bradley noted this. Today CNN announced:

    Amit Yoran cited frustrations in private

    Friday, October 1, 2004 Posted: 11:51 AM EDT (1551 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's cybersecurity chief has resigned after one year with the Department of Homeland Security, confiding to industry colleagues his frustration over what he considers a lack of attention paid to computer security issues within the agency.

    Amit Yoran, a former software executive from Symantec Corp., informed the White House about his plans to quit as director of the National Cyber Security Division and made his resignation effective at the end of Thursday, effectively giving a single's day notice of his intentions to leave.

    Yoran said Friday he "felt the timing was right to pursue other opportunities." It was unclear immediately who might succeed him even temporarily. Yoran's deputy is Donald "Andy" Purdy, a former senior adviser to the White House on cybersecurity issues.

    Yoran has privately described frustrations in recent months to colleagues in the technology industry, according to lobbyists who recounted these conversations on condition they not be identified because the talks were personal.

    As cybersecurity chief, Yoran and his division -- with an $80 million budget and 60 employees -- were responsible for carrying out dozens of recommendations in the Bush administration's "National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace," a set of proposals to better protect computer networks.

    Yoran's position as a director -- at least three steps beneath Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge -- has irritated the technology industry and even some lawmakers. They have pressed unsuccessfully in recent months to elevate Yoran's role to that of an assistant secretary, which could mean broader authority and more money for cybersecurity issues.

    "Amit's decision to step down is unfortunate and certainly will set back efforts until more leadership is demonstrated by the Department of Homeland Security to solve this problem," said Paul Kurtz, a former cybersecurity official on the White House National Security Council and now head of the Washington-based Cyber Security Industry Alliance, a trade group.

    Under Yoran, Homeland Security established an ambitious new cyber alert system, which sends urgent e-mails to subscribers about major virus outbreaks and other Internet attacks as they occur, along with detailed instructions to help computer users protect themselves.

    It also mapped the government's universe of connected electronic devices, the first step toward scanning them systematically for weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers or foreign governments. And it began routinely identifying U.S. computers and networks that were victims of break-ins.

    Yoran effectively replaced a position once held by Richard Clarke, a special adviser to President Bush, and Howard Schmidt, who succeeded Clarke but left government during the formation of the Department of Homeland Security to work as chief security officer at eBay Inc.

    Yoran cofounded Riptech Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, in March 1998, which monitored government and corporate computers around the world with an elaborate sensor network to protect against attacks. He sold the firm in July 2002 to Symantec for $145 million and stayed on as vice president for managed security services.
    You know. I never did receive anything from that Alert Service that was supposed to happen. Seems like this division is having a hard time keeping a good Department head... Anyone wanna apply?
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    Anyone wanna apply?
    Naaah... I'm pretty sure I don't fit the image....

    But as you note, the alert system turned up absolutely nothing to date.... $80m and 60 bodies and they appear to have acheived only one thing.... Pissing off the boss enough for him to leave.....
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    Hey MsMittens

    Maybe the would take a Cancuck!!!
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    Maybe the would take a Cancuck!!!
    Somehow I doubt that. We're apparently evil because we didn't want to go to war against Iraq.
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    We're apparently evil because we didn't want to go to war against Iraq.
    That and you want to build a memorial to draft dodgers.....
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    Somehow I doubt that. We're apparently evil because we didn't want to go to war against Iraq.
    You're not evil. You even gave a list of reasons WHY you wouldn't fight ..........

    10 reasons why Canada won’t join the war on Iraq



    10. We have no way of getting there.

    9. We are too busy at home with the Maple Syrup Season.

    8. After 136 Years, we are still copying off France.

    7. Saddam's name pronounced backwards is "Mad Ass". We'll stay away from him.

    6. There is only limited potential for sales of Canadian Bacon in Iraq after the war.

    5. Our Sea King Helicopter was damaged and needs repairs.

    4. Celine Dionne can't sing to the troops because she has a contract in Las Vegas.

    3. The rivers in Iraq are too shallow for our War Canoes.

    2. Lousy hockey in Iraq at this time of year.

    1. Our army is needed at home in case of another snowstorm in Toronto.
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    Greetings:

    How in the hell do threads about Amit Yoran end up going so far off topic so quickly?

    At the risk of actually being on-topic:

    Under Yoran, Homeland Security established an ambitious new cyber alert system, which sends urgent e-mails to subscribers about major virus outbreaks and other Internet attacks as they occur, along with detailed instructions to help computer users protect themselves.
    I never understood this. So the government tried to create a security mail list. Personally, I don't think that's their place. All of the information that they'd have for it would come from the private sector anyway, so why not just keep it there? I never agreed with a LOT of what Yoran did, or more accurately TRIED to do. The job of the US Government is NOT to provide tech support to American Citizens.

    I was kind of shocked that he hadn't "resigned" earlier. I've heard of a lot of rumblings between him and others from the NSC. I don't think him leaving will be much of a loss at all.

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    I think his leaving does however reflect negatively against the president. As this article states there are those in Washington that were trying to give him more power to get things done, and that never happened. I personnaly don't feel that the government is doing enough to protect our critical network facilities.

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