Key Lawmaker: High Rank for Cyber Czar - Interview with Rep. James Langevin
Published June 3, 2009
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    Rep. James Langevin, D.-R.I., holds out hope that the new White House cybersecurity coordinator will have more influence with the president than Obama suggested in his speech last week outlining the administration's approach to information security.

    As co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus and the influential public-private Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President, Langevin wanted the cybersecurity adviser to be a special assistant, but would understand that individual a step lower on the White House organizational chart - deputy special assistant - should have enough sway to get the president's ear.

    In an interview with GovInfoSecurity.com's Eric Chabrow, Langevin discusses the the responsibilities the White House and Congress have in securing government IT, including the need to provide proper funding, and the role government leaders must play to work with the private sector to safeguard the critical national IT infrastructure.

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