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U.S. appoints first federal cyber security chief

U.S. appoints first federal cyber security chiefGregory Touhill, retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, would become the U.S. first federal cyber security chief, the White House announced on Thursday.

The position was announced eight months ago in intention to improve the U.S. defenses against hackers. In February Obama also made a budget proposal to Congress asking for $19 billion for cyber security across the U.S. government.

Touhill's job will be to protect government networks and critical infrastructure from cyber threats as federal chief information security officer, according to a statement.

The improvement of federal cyber security became a top priority for Obama administration after high-profile breaches in recent years.

Touhill will begin his new role later this month. Touhill's responsibilities will include creating and implementing policy for best security practices across federal agencies and conducting periodic audits to test for weaknesses, according to the announcement.

Grant Schneider, the director of cyber security policy at the White House’s National Security Council, will be acting deputy to Touhill.
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