Black Hat Founder Tapped To Advise Homeland Security

Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, is one of 16 people appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, as the government casts a wide net for perspectives on cybersecurity.
Moss says that he expects to see more cybersecurity initiatives in the next few months.

"My impression is that they're taking cybersecurity very seriously and they realize that it touches on both the civilian economy, that generates tax dollars and jobs, to continuity of government and the military. They seem to really get it."

As if to demonstrate that point, Moss notes the U.S. government is also setting up a system to solicit online feedback from the cybersecurity community.

About a week ago, the White House released a 60-day review of national cybersecurity policy. It characterized cyberthreats as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges of the 21st century and offered a handful of suggestions for improving the nation's cyberdefenses.

President Obama is expected name a cybersecurity coordinator, or cybersecurity czar, shortly.

CMP Media, a subsidiary of United Business Media and the parent company of InformationWeek, bought the Black Hat Conference from Moss in 2005. CMP Media was subsequently renamed TechWeb.

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