May 29th, 2009
12:21 PM ET
12 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. Willy Brown

    More big government by camp Obama and the democrats.

    May 29, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. BJ

    Look! Obama created ANOTHER job!

    May 29, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. yuri

    The way BHO is expanding the Govt. may seem to earn the wrath of not just the GOP, but others as well. We hope BHO realizes that.

    May 29, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Tk1

    fed up said it perfectly, WOW i must be on the wrong sight because no one is praising the annointed Obama the fool.

    May 29, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. elliott

    Hello Big's the view from there...?

    May 29, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Doug

    President O will also get a focus group to see if only the ivy leaguers should be employed to turn the government computers on, he is already amassing thousands of them as an elite group. Another Czar, what does the Constitution say about them?

    May 29, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. fed up

    I wish someone would hack into his teleprompter. This president needs to know that reading off a teleprompter is not the way to connect with people.

    May 29, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. chubby

    The only jobs created by obama has been government jobs, no real jobs for the average American. The government grows and taxes will rise from there. The stimulus was supposed to create jobs but the jobless and unemployment rates continue in a free fall.

    May 29, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. IsaacTheForcedCatholic

    We got chinese spies hacking our government networks and other foreigners who want USA secrets. This position will help prevent vulnurable attacks to USA networks but you right wingers always change the subject. How is this going to censored the Internet? You clueless crazy right-wingers need to get those blinders off and stop following orders from your gang (republicans). Use your dusty brain for once!

    May 29, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Simmy

    I think it's a needed position....Great move, again.....
    Fed Up,

    Don't blame President Obama for your problems.......You should be upset with THAT ONE who is now making $150,000 a speech.....He's the one who left you high and dry.....It's mind boggling how so into denial you righties are.....You go into a rage about the first black president and the first potential hispanic SCJ.....Then you go crazy when you're called racist.....Everyone of you spouting those FOXES–Limbaugh sentiments are basically saying, "Not in my neighborhood." You view the country as your neighborhood.....You feel that the Obamas and Sotomayors of this country have no right to be in positions of leadership.....You and many more, haven't made
    any progress since the 60's......Peace....

    May 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. jrzshor

    great, but can the cybersecurity coordinator stop the junk emails?

    May 29, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Steve (the real one)

    Czar is the Russian word for Kaiser, which is the German word for Caeser, who are the ancient Roman rulers who wanted to be worshipped as a god! Just sayin'

    May 29, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. ron

    Yet another brilliant move by our President!

    May 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. norb

    This guy is on top of it all. He's like the energizer bunny. Yes we can!

    May 29, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Sara from Arizona

    Bye, bye freedom of speech on the internet.

    May 29, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. jim-in-PA

    Bout #### time.... I work for DoD and for too long the heads have been clueless about this mess. And not only USGov is heading for a fall on this, hospitals have been hacker, banks, well Hades everybody...

    On one side is the clueless hackers who just want to see what mess they can cause. On the other side it's al Queda and people who want to do us harm.

    May 29, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Marc in Virginia

    What a surprise. Expand government more on my dime. Mr. President, we hired you to fix the economy and end these wars. Why are you always on my TV? Please, get back to work.


    Don't blame me, I voted for McCain.

    May 29, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. mike the trucker

    i wish this country would get off kicking Obama around, we have not had the respect around the world like this in decades, the war was wrong! the lose credit was wrong, lets work together and put this thing back on track. save ourselves, save the planet, our children need us to put aside, all this, Crap! this man has won the vote of the people, we lost a huge chance for change when we lost abe lincoln, and JFk and of course Bobby, we have waited all this time to give our kids hope, dont take this away from them. I MEAN FREEDOM End the wars end the hatered, (when the power of love, overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.) Jimi Hendrix

    May 29, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. skyhawkdriver

    Big brother..aka watching..funny when I first read the story I thought obumbler had appointed a"shoehorn czar" and he had finally found a job for good old joe biden..oh well..get ready for total censorship..poor joe..still can't find a thing to do

    May 29, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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