The Department of Homeland Security needed someone to be the deputy undersecretary of the department’s National Protections Program Directorate.
That’s government HR speak for the person in charge of making sure the government’s computers are secure and protected from cyber attacks and all kinds of malware.
So, who did they decide was the right person for the job?
Reitinger comes to DHS from his job as chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist for Microsoft, a job that required him in part to help develop and implement strategies for enhancing the security of critical infrastructures.
In other words, DHS picked someone who was responsible for making “trustworthy” the operating systems and software many people in the security industry feel are largely at fault for providing the many holes allowing all those cyber attacks and malware to do their thing.
We call that irony, kids. :-)
At least his qualifications are an improvement over the last person who held the job, continuing a major theme of the Obama administration.
And, if you think about it, if anyone knows where the bugs are buried, it would probably be Mr. Reitinger.