Rod Beckstrom tapped to run the new National Cyber Security Center

By Patrick Kelly
March 21, 2008

It appears that the Administration will take its first public step toward implementing the classified Cyber Initiative President Bush issued this January. According to the Washington Post, Rod Beckström, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has been chosen to run the new National Cyber Security Center. Beckström is most recognized for his involvement as co-founder and chairman of and co-author of The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations.

In his new post, Beckström will be charged with coordinating the sharing of cyber attack information between agencies. He does not possess a great deal of cyber security experience but he does offer a fresh organizational perspective in his new position within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). While the new National Cyber Security Center is housed within DHS, Beckström will be reporting directly to Secretary Michael Chertoff rather than Greg Garcia, assistant secretary for cyber security and telecommunications.