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Howard Schmidt Leaves White House Cyber Post in Strong Position for Seasoned Veteran Michael Daniel to Take Over

Outgoing Cybersecurity Coordinator Schmidt mapped the issue terrain, charted policy course for his successor to build on

Washington, DC — May 17 —

The Business Software Alliance today praised the accomplishments of outgoing White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, who has announced he will leave his post at the end of May, and welcomed his successor, Michael Daniel, who now heads the White House Office of Management and Budget’s intelligence branch.

“Howard Schmidt has provided tremendous leadership as the country’s first Cybersecurity Coordinator,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “More than anyone, he has helped map the issue terrain and chart a comprehensive policy agenda to improve America’s cyber readiness. That will put Michael Daniel in a strong position to continue making progress when he takes over. Daniel is a great choice for the job, because he brings deep experience from the years he has spent working on security issues at OMB.”

“Schmidt has helped bring the Administration’s Cyberspace Policy Review to life,” Holleyman said. “He elevated cybersecurity to a key management priority in government and led an overhaul of the way departments and agencies go about securing their systems. He also helped improve coordination between agencies, and between government and the private sector. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) was an especially important accomplishment, because it will spur e-commerce by shoring up the very foundations of trust and confidence in cyberspace.”

“I congratulate Howard Schmidt on his outstanding record of accomplishment and wish him luck as he turns back to private life,” said Holleyman. “BSA looks forward to working with Michael Daniel on the critical issues still in front of us.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.

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