How Many Open Letters To Howard Schmidt Do We Need? Just One.
My friend Adam at the The New School Information Security Blog wrote An Open Letter to the New Cyber-Security Czar:
Congratulations on the new job! Even as a cynic, I’m surprised at just how fast the knives have come out, declaring that you’ll get nothing done. I suppose that low expectations are easy to exceed. We both know you didn’t take this job because you expected it to be easy or fun, but you know better than most how hard it will be to make a difference without a budget or authority. You know about many of the issues you’ll need to work through, and I’d like to suggest a few less traditional things which you can accomplish that will help transform cyber-security.
Adam’s thoughtful post was chock full of interesting points and guidance associated with what he and others think Howard Schmidt ought to consider in his “new” role as Cyber-Security Coordinator.
My suggestion was a little more simple in nature:
I’ll keep it short.
Let me know how we can help you be successful; it’s a two-way street. No preaching here.
In addition, here’s my simple open response to all those who have suggestions for Howard — it’s not an attempt to be self-righteous, critical of others or antagonistic — but I, like Adam, am amazed at how cynical and defeatist people in our community have become.
If Howard called me tomorrow and asked me to quit my job and make sacrifices in order to join up and help achieve the lofty tasks before him for the betterment of all, I would.
Guaranteed. Would you?
I’m glad you stepped up, Howard. Thank you.