A month ago, it seemed like the White House was on the verge of announcing the president's choice to be cyber security coordinator for the government. It was, after all, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Pentagon's Cyber Command officially stood at attention. No dice. National Security Council principals continue to interview candidates for the position, several people with knowledge said. As a sign that the process remains open, several potential candidates had met with very senior officials, like the chairman of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers.
Former White House cyber security adviser Frank Kramer, widely rumored to be the leading outside candidate, declined to comment, as did senior national security officials. A spokesperson for the White House, Nicholas Shapiro, said that the process "is well underway" and pointed to White House-coordinated actions, like the recent formulation of a national cyber incident response plan and a consolidation of first responder cyber alert centers, as evidence that the President was paying close attention to the urgency of the issue.
"The President is personally committed to finding the right person for this job," Shapiro said in an e-mail.