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Former IBM boss from Baltimore gets No. 2 spot on Obama's cybersecurity panel

Former IBM boss from Baltimore gets No. 2 spot on Obama's cybersecurity panel

President Barack Obama plans to appoint Sam Palmisano, a former IBM chief executive from Baltimore, as the vice chairman of a new panel on computer security, the White House said Wednesday.

The president announced the creation of the new panel, called the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, last week as part of a proposed $19 billion package of measures to improve the nation's ability to withstand attacks from hackers.

Obama met with Palmisano and Tom Donilon, a former National Security Advisor who will lead the commission, in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon.

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