Cyber czar: Threat protection is a shared responsibility – NextGov

The government, individual users and the private sector all play critical roles in protecting the nation against cyber threats, a senior White House official said Friday.

Speaking to a group of high school students at a cybsersecurity education workshop sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corp. in Arlington, Va., Howard Schmidt, special assistant to the president for cybersecurity, said while government plays a vital role in securing networks, it tends to thwart innovation and “the last thing we want to do is slow that down,” he said.