chief of the CIA's venture capital organization, In-Q-Tel,
has resigned after just four months on the job. [!!!]
I didn't know the CIA had a venture capital group.
Amit Yoran, who was the government's cybersecurity chief until he
left that job in 2004, said Monday he stepped down for personal reasons.
The role of In-Q-Tel's chief executive requires significant travel,
and Yoran and his wife - a U.S. government lawyer - have
three young daughters.
Yeah, right. And no one told him before he started that this was part of the
job description? Maybe he and his wife just recently adopted their daughters
wholesale. Or maybe, just maybe, something more sinister is going on.
The man making
sure US computer networks are safe and secure has resigned after
only a year in his post.
Amit Yoran was director of the National Cyber Security Division within the
US Department of Homeland Security created following the 9/11 attacks.
The division was tasked with improving US defences against malicious hackers,
viruses and other net-based threats.
Reports suggest he left because his division was not given enough clout within
the larger organisation.
[His] division was charged with thinking up and carrying out action to make
US networks more impervious to attack and disruption by the viruses, worms
and hack attacks that have become commonplace.
In the last 12 months Mr Yoran oversaw the creation of a cyber alert system
that sends out warnings about big hitting viruses and net attacks as they
The warnings also contained information about how firms and organisations
could protect themselves against these attacks.
The Cyber Security Division also audited US government networks to
discover exactly what was sitting on which network.
The next step was to be the creation of a scanning system to identify vulnerabilities
that made federal networks and machines susceptible to attack by malicious
hackers and virus writers.
Mr Yoran's division was also doing work to identify the networks and machines
that had been broken into by cyber criminals.
Despite this success Mr Yoran left his post abruptly at the end of last week,
reportedly only giving one day's notice to bosses at the
Department of Homeland Security.
ONE DAY'S NOTICE?!! And he subsequently gets appointed CHIEF
of the CIA's capital venture group?!! That's insane!
Even now, after twice bailing on the government, Yoran remains on the payroll.
Yoran said he agreed with In-Q-Tel's board to continue working as a consultant
In-Q-Tel - named for "Q," the fictional inventor of spy tools and
toys for James Bond - makes about a dozen such investments annually with roughly
$60 million it receives from the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology,
the Defense Intelligence Agency, the FBI and the National Geospatial-Intelligence
Something's VERY fishy about this.
Perhaps, this has something to do with the recent effort to hand an intelligence
security contract to an Israeli company.
Or maybe, the Mrs. 'senses' that something's about to happen in the Justice