President-elect Barack Obama's pledged to appoint a national cyber security adviser who will report to him directly. In a speech made during his run to office at Purdue University, President-elect Obama stated, "As president, I'll make cyber security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century." He also stated, "I'll declare our cyber-infrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a national cyber adviser, who will report directly to me. We'll coordinate efforts across the federal government, implement a truly national cyber security policy and tighten standards to secure information -- from the networks that power the federal government to the networks that you use in your personal lives."
This would be a monumental improvement to the Bush’s administration since the cyber security chief is under many layers of the organizational chart within the Homeland Security Department.
Among those advising President-elect Obama on cyber security matters is Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar in the Clinton administration.