Obama Picks New Head of Cybersecurity
Howard Schmidt is a veteran of eBay, Microsoft, FBI
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 8:17 AM CST
Howard Schmidt is expected to be named White House cybersecurity coordinator.   (Photo: Business Wire)

(Newser) – Howard Schmidt, a former security official for eBay and Microsoft, will be named White House cybersecurity chief, the Wall Street Journal reports. Schmidt, who is president of a nonprofit computer security group and has worked in the past for the White House, FBI, and Air Force, was picked for his "unique background and skill sets," an Obama administration official said. In his new position, he'll be responsible for setting computer security policy and weighing in on budget issues.