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White House cybersecurity chief: 'You don't have to be a coder in order to really do well in this position'

In an interview with GovInfoSec on Thursday, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel said that his lack of technical knowledge is an advantage in his position. He has minimal professional background in computer security, and feels that, "You don't have to be a coder in order to really do well in this position. In fact, actually, I think being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction."

Dr. Edward Felton, a professor of computer science at Princeton, took to Twitter to critique Daniel’s boast:

This criticism has been echoed elsewhere, with Daniel Cooper at Engadget remarking, "Maybe we'll start working on our application to become the next surgeon general, after all, we have seen at least four episodes of ER."