Rod Beckstrem, Director of the National Cybersecurity Center, has resigned for cause. In his resignation letter he warns the National Security Agency, “effectively controls DHS cyber efforts through detailees, technology insertions, and the proposed move of NPPD and the NCSC to a Fort Meade NSA facility. NSA currently dominates most national cyber efforts. While acknowledging the critical importance of NSA to our intelligence efforts, I believe this is bad strategy on multiple grounds. The intelligence culture is very different than a network operations or security culture. In addition, the threats to our democratic processes are significant if all top level government network security and monitoring are handled by any one organization (either directly or indirectly).”
In one of its first actions the Obama White House ordered a review of cybersecurity that is scheduled for completion in April.