The New Cyber Security Czar

The US has appointed Rod A. Beckstrom, a technology entrepeneur and author to head up the new National Cyber Security Center. He’s an interesting and imaginative choice. Rod has a successful track record as a technology entrepreneur and he’s co-authored an interesting book The Starfish and the Spider: the Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations.

As Bruce Schneier points out, he knows nothing about cyber security. But does he have to? There are plenty of seasoned security professionals and technology experts around to advise him. What really counts is his ability to develop innovative strategies, lead fast-moving crisis teams and harness the power of network effects. He sounds like a promising choice.