There has been a big focus today on the cyber-attacks over the past few days. Some news outlets are reporting that the attacks may come from North Korea — something many people are already doubting given that country’s limited technology infrastructure.
I’ve been speaking to a number of people throughout the day about what this means. Many government cyber-security experts suggest that the timing of the attacks — starting on the Fourth of July — is probably not accidental.
The big question, actually, is whether this will spur further action by the Obama administration — for example, like naming of what we have all taken to calling the cyber-czar.
I’ll post additional resources later, but… for right now, if you’re looking for additional information…
* Cyber-czar candidates… We hear the appointment was to have happened July 13, but could that be stepped up given recent events? GovInfoSecurity.com is hearing the same names that I’m hearing. I hear there are three names under serious consideration:
Melissa Hathaway, who got high marks for leading the Obama cyber-security review
Fred Kramer, who served as the assistant defense secretary for international security affairs under President Clinton
Howard Schmidt, former Microsoft chief security advisor and former adviser to Bush on cyberspace security