US-CERT director Mischel Kwon resigns post and takes up position at RSA

U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) director Mischel Kwon has resigned her post.

The Washington Post reported that Kwon had been frustrated by a lack of authority to fulfil her mission to protect the network security of civilian government agencies, according to anonymous officials.

The resignation of Kwon, the fourth director of US-CERT to resign in the last five years, comes just a week after Melissa Hathaway, a top cyber security aide under President Bush who continued to serve in the Obama administration, announced she was stepping down.

Hathaway claimed that she was leaving her post, which aimed to better protect the computer networks critical to national security and the global economy, for personal reasons.

RSA revealed that Kwon is to join the company's worldwide professional services unit as vice president of public sector security solutions. She will be helping to lead RSA's security consulting services practice, engaging with public and private sector customers and global organisations that are required to maintain and protect critical infrastructures.

Shannon Kellogg, director of information security policy, office of government relations at EMC, said: “The good news is that when security professionals like Mischel decide to move on from government service, there are many ways to contribute to improving information security in the public sector while working in private industry.

“Without an effective public-private partnership, there will be little hope of making progress in securing our nation's government systems and sensitive information as well as vital critical infrastructure. So when people like Mischel decide to make that jump to the private sector, government can still benefit.

“In fact, I think that because folks such as Mischel have lived and breathed the daily challenges, which include resource constraints and the grind of the federal system, that they can contribute even more to finding effective, manageable solutions to improve public sector information security.”

 

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