Beckstrom to head Cyber Security Center

March 21, 2008 at 9:05 PM

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department has named a director of the new national cybersecurity center to coordinate the agency's cybersecurity initiatives.

Officials announced the appointment of Rod Beckstrom, an author and tech entrepreneur, to serve as the first head to the new NCSC. The NCSC was created by a presidential directive in January. Beckstrom will lead the new center's security initiatives including improving the federal government's situational awareness and information sharing, the Department of Homeland Security reported.

Beckstrom is the co-founder of the open-source wiki software system, wiki.net. He also founded Cats Software. In his new post Beckstrom will work to protect federal networks from cyber-related risks and develop cybersecurity strategies for implementation across government networks.

"We look forward to working with Congress on the development of the NCSC," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a statement. "I congratulate Rod on his appointment and look forward to his contributions to the protection of federal networks and the security of our homeland."

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