May 29th, 2009
12:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama creates 'cybersecurity coordinator' position

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Friday he is creating the post of cybersecurity coordinator to oversee "a new comprehensive approach to securing America's digital infrastructure."

The president said he will personally select the person who takes on that post, and "will depend on this official" in all matters related to cybersecurity.

Tackling the economic crisis cannot be done without ensuring the safety of the nation's online activities, Obama said.

CNN Radio reports: Obama announces new cybersecurity post

He referred to last year's hacking of computers at his campaign headquarters. The hackers did not access databases containing information about campaign donors, but did gain access to policy position papers and travel plans, Obama said.

"I know how it feels" to have online privacy violated, the president said.

CNN reported in November that computers at the headquarters of Obama's rival for the presidency, Sen. John McCain, had been broken into with similar results.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Mobius

    What? No more Czars? Are we not going to 'wage war' on this stuff?

    May 29, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    I fully support the creation of this position. I guess that makes me a hacker whacker backer. Nyuk nyuk nyuk. Have a nice day!

    May 29, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Dawn in Pa

    this is good Mr.President. I do know that the US Marshals and the FBI computers were hacked into, so is this policing the internet, or safety for us. I love to surf the net on occasions

    May 29, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Steph

    Much needed! Thank you President Obama for continuing to keep us safe!

    May 29, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    First the banks, then the Auto Industry- now the InterWeb tubes?? The only thing left is our thoughts.

    May 29, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. David

    This is part of BO's plan to give broad power to this area and then one day they can limit what you do online or snuff it out altogether if they want. That way you have no access to alternative, unbiased news. Control, it's all about federal control.

    May 29, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Dont blame me

    Get ready to be censored !!!!

    As if the left wing media doesn't censor the right enough as it is.

    May 29, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Fed up

    Yet again..has to get in a story of himself... Obama you are a dispical so called man... Let me guess whoever gets this position will be the "first" Obama is a clueless idiot!!!!! You are hurting the American People...

    By the way North Korea shot another missle between your photo ops and fund raisers could you take a minute to look into that!!!!

    DO YOUR JOB!!!!!!

    May 29, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Michael

    About time our national leadership realized that military force is a club in the age of laser surgery. Information technology is a 21st century weapon that, if used properly, will render other weapons obsolete.

    May 29, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Good, now can the "CC" come over to my place and debug bug my computer?

    May 29, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Randolph Carter

    They should tax internet porn. Think of the revenue from that. Have a nice day!

    May 29, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Pointless position. You cannot stop brilliance. Someone will always remain a few steps ahead no matter what. If you continue to hide information, people will continue to find a way to get to it.

    May 29, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Spider


    Not really, because BO knew you were thinking that.

    May 29, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Shari, NY

    Computer hacking is in the league of terrorism and if this vice is not tackled, internet banking, classified information, etc., will be at even more risk. I wonder what Dick Cheney's take on this is since he is so paranoid about terrorism? Can he surf the web? People do not just "up" and attack, they use sophisticated methods in their pre-meditation.

    May 29, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. George Carlins got to be laughing

    George Carlin said it best,"we dont have "Rights" we just have "temporary privileges".Both parties are being manipulated to take all our rights away in the near future.

    May 29, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair


    When you read about computer intrusions, 9 times out of 10 they're on government computers. Sooooo... maybe the government shoud take some pointers from the dreaded private sector on this problem?

    Nah... let's just create a czar. That will take care of the problem.

    May 29, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Citizen

    We are now at war with the internet and hackers, i guress no pre release of harry potter for me....

    May 29, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    Geez..can I hire the person for a day....

    May 29, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |

    My comment is why does the media constantly call these selections "czar"? The word does not describe the actual position that these individuals will be filling. A czar, to my knowledge, is a former emperor of Russia.

    May 29, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Fed up

    Were you this pissed of with Bush when N. Korea tested rockets in 2006? How about when we were attacked on September 11, 2001 under the watchful eye of Bush/Cheney?

    May 29, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Justin in Pa

    I dont understand the whole concept of this... I work in the computer field. The internet is a World Wide Web meaning that it is not only in the US. Most of the hacking done are done in other countries any was. So are we going to monitor every single country? With that being said there is no possible way to monitor the web.There for the position is a waste of money..

    May 29, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    The Obama campaign gave tacit approval to phony viral videos, email hacking, and shady high-tech voting engineering during the election.

    I don't trust the Czar.

    His administration hasn't learned from previous presidents and countries that tried to "manage" the internet.

    But he talks nice, even though he doesn't say anything.

    May 29, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Randolph Carter

    Can I be the beer czar? Pretty pleeez? Have a nice day!

    May 29, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    Seems as the goverment is on a hiring frenzy.

    here a Czar, there a Czar say goodbye to your wallet

    May 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Chuck, Tennessee

    Great, one more job created! The current count:

    Police jobs in Ohio created 25
    New internet Czar job 1
    Police jobs in Ohio lost 25

    Net job gain 1

    Only 3,499,999 jobs to go!

    May 29, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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