The Bush administration promised on Wednesday to name a cyber security czar “very soon” to help prevent catastrophic attacks that could cripple the U.S. economy, filling a job that has been vacant since it was created one year ago.
Democrats have criticized the administration for taking too long to hire an assistant secretary for cyber security at the Department of Homeland Security at a time when viruses, worms and other attacks on business computers are increasing.
….”We look forward to announcing the (assistant secretary) candidate to Congress very soon,” George Foresman, preparedness undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, told a House panel hearing.
The department has interviewed “numerous candidates” and several have withdrawn from consideration over the past year for various reasons, Foresman said.
For those keeping track, it’s now been fourteen months since Sec. Chertoff announced the creation of this position. Why DHS has yet to name someone to the job continues to mystify me.