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National Security Council to Add Cybersecurity to New Directorate Duties

Feb 08, 20092 mins
IT Leadership

According to the Washington Post, President Obama plans to expand the membership and increase the authority of the National Security Council (NSC). New NSC directorates will set strategy over a wide number of issues including cybersecurity.

The Washington Post article outlines several of the timelines and expected changes:

“New NSC directorates will deal with such department-spanning 21st-century issues as cybersecurity, energy, climate change, nation-building and infrastructure. Many of the functions of the Homeland Security Council, established as a separate White House entity by President Bush after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, may be subsumed into the expanded NSC, although it is still undetermined whether elements of the HSC will remain as a separate body within the White House.”

The article oulines many of the positions articulated by James L. Jones, a retired Marine general who will run the NSC under President Obama, during an interview with the Post.  “Directorates inside Jones’s NSC staff will oversee implementation of decisions.”

 This article provides another fascinating piece of the plans for cybersecurity over the next several years. A few weeks back, the President announced that a new cyber advisor would report straight to him. As of the time I am writing this blog, no one has been appointed to this new positon, but websites are full of speculation regarding names.

 One thing is clear.  Cybersecurity is becoming a central issue for the new administration.  


Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan State Government. Dan was named: "CSO of the Year," "Public Official of the Year," and a Computerworld "Premier 100 IT Leader." Dan is the co-author of the Wiley book, “Cyber Mayday and the Day After: A Leader’s Guide to Preparing, Managing and Recovering From Inevitable Business Disruptions.” Dan Lohrmann joined Presidio in November 2021 as an advisory CISO supporting mainly public sector clients. He formerly served as the Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor, Inc. Dan started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA). He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US / UK military facility. Lohrmann is on the advisory board for four university information assurance (IA) programs, including Norwich University, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Valparaiso University and Walsh College. Earlier in his career he authored two books - Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. Mr. Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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