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[] Richard Clarke to lead homeland security consulting firm,

Clarke war jahrelang der oberster Antiterror-Koordinator der
US-Regierung und hat die Cyber-Security-Debatte entscheidend mitgeprägt.

Richard Clarke to lead homeland security consulting firm

JULY 11, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Richard A. Clarke, the former special adviser to the
president for cybersecurity, has joined Arlington, Va.-based Good
Harbor Consulting LLC as chairman.

Clarke joins Roger Cressey, president of the firm, who served as
Clarke's chief of staff at the President's Critical Infrastructure
Protection Board and before that as the director for Transnational
Threats on the National Security Council.

Good Harbor Consulting plans to target a wide range of corporate
clients, from the Fortune 500 to small technology start-ups, providing
strategic consulting services in the areas of homeland security,
cybersecurity, protection of critical infrastructure and

John Tritak, former director of the Commerce Department's Critical
Infrastructure Assurance Office and a longtime government thought
leader on cybersecurity issues, has also joined the firm as its CEO,
said Good Harbor.

In addition to the core team of Clarke, Cressey and Tritak, the
company will rely on what Cressey calls a "network of subject matter
experts" and has been negotiating a partnership for the past several
weeks with another major security consulting business.

Cressey and Clarke plan to focus on four key areas: strategic
planning, product and business strategy evaluation, partnership
opportunities and strategic security risk assessment.

"For too many companies, Washington is a jumble of acronyms and an
indecipherable procurement maze," according to the company's new
mission statement. "Good Harbor uses its unique combination of
experience in the halls of government and with the information
technology industry to provide clients with partnership opportunities
to better negotiate the U.S. government space and the critical
infrastructure vertical markets."

Howard Schmidt, a former White House colleague of both Clarke and
Cressey who is now chief security officer at eBay Inc., called the new
venture a "natural progression" for Clarke and Cressey, given the
years the two spent working together in government. When asked about
his own plans, Schmidt said he also had considered going into private
practice as a consultant and may still do so on a part-time basis.

Clarke announced in January that he was stepping down from his
cybersecurity role in the U.S. government, ending a career at the
National Security Council that had spanned three administrations. His
career was characterized by a concerted effort to enhance the
government's relationship with the private-sector operators of
critical infrastructure.

Shortly after leaving government, he testified at a congressional
hearing that he didn't think the Bush administration was moving fast
enough in organizing the National Cyber Security Center.  Clarke also
called on Congress to fund vulnerability scanning sensors on all
federal networks, and he recommended that federal agencies outsource
cybersecurity projects and withhold money from vendors if the agencies
get failing cybersecurity grades.

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