Does the White House’s cybersecurity czar need to be a coder? He says no.

Recently, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel seemed to suggest that his lack of specific technical expertise was actually an asset in his role as the nation's cyber czar. He makes make the point that his role is largely about coordinating policy responses rather than implementing specific technical solutions, the details of which he worries might distract him from the larger picture. His job, he argues, is to be more aware of the economics and psychology of cybersecurity than the actual technical implementation of solutions and to navigate the policy and political landscapes. Daniel does say it's important to have that technical expertise around to advise him when it comes to specific problems.


Does the White House’s cybersecurity czar need to be a coder? He says no.