Head of U.S. cyber agency resigns suddenly

WASHINGTON Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:59pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a U.S. agency that helps respond to cyber attacks resigned suddenly after several high-profile attacks on government computer systems but the Department of Homeland Security declined Monday to comment on the reason.

Randy Vickers resigned as director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Friday, according to an email from Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary for cyber security and communications at Homeland Security, which was sent to some employees.

The email, obtained by Reuters, did not disclose any reason for the resignation, and a Homeland Security official would only say: "we aren't commenting on personnel matters."

Vickers' resignation follows several high-profile hacker attacks against the Pentagon and public websites of the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Senate.

Lee Rock, who was deputy director, will serve as acting director until a new head of the agency is named.

The email from Stempfley said, "we are confident that our organization will continue its strong performance under his leadership."

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria)

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BurnerJack wrote:
Maybe WikiLeaks could elaborate on this matter.

Jul 25, 2011 5:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:
What kind of person would want to be involved with protecting Federal computer structures? It is hard to imagine a more thankless and probably hopeless job. It would have to be someone who not only understood bureaucracy but thrived on dealing with it. How many of those people are competent with technology or with technologists? Ever met one?

If the people in the Federal Government are at all intelligent, they will restructure things based on the assumption that top management will usually select bad moves. Whatever is built has to be able to withstand attacks from within (and above) as well as from outside. Will they be able to understand their own problem?

Jul 25, 2011 7:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:
Reason. Treaon.

Jul 25, 2011 9:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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