"I would note that executive branch actions under existing authority cannot alter the reality that the United States Government will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have addressed," Brennan wrote in a letter to Sen. John (Jay) Rockefeller (D-WVa). "Comprehensive legislation remains essential to improve the cybersecurity of the nation's core critical infrastructure."
John Pescatore, an analyst with Gartner, today said that much of the Brennan's involvement in cybersecurity affairs began only after the departure of White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt last May. "He took over the bully pulpit when Schmidt left," Pescatore said. "His real focus [had] been on counterterrorism."
If the nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Brennan will succeed David Petraeus, who quit last year following publicity about an extramarital affair.
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