Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in regard to the President’s appointment of Howard Schmidt as White House Cybersecurity Coordinator:

“The President’s appointment of Howard Schmidt as Cybersecurity Coordinator is wise and much needed. Cybersecurity is a vitally important aspect of our national and economic security and we need a coordinated federal policy to thwart threats that originate or operate in cyberspace. Howard Schmidt is an excellent choice to help lead this effort.

“I applaud the President for this appointment and will continue to work though my role as Chairmen of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities to support Mr. Schmidt in his efforts to develop and coordinate our national cybersecurity policy.”