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White House Cyber Head Howard Schmidt Retiring

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White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is set to retire at the end of May after a two and a half year stint, the Washington Post reports.

Schmidt told the Post he plans to retire in order to spend more time with his family and to pursue opportunities to teach in the cyber field.

Nakashima reports Michael Daniel, chief of the Office of Management and Budget’s intelligence branch, has been named as Schmidt’s successor.

Daniel has spent time with the OMB working on issues affecting the intelligence community and coordinating funding for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

During his tenure with the White House, Schmidt played a part in creating the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

His team was also responsible for identifying U.S. critical system vulnerabilities and allocating funds to mitigate problematic areas.

He has also coordinated with the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Schmidt detailed three main areas that agencies should focus on for cybersecurity in March, including continuous monitoring, using trusted Internet connection and additional password practices.

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