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CIA offshoot taps former U.S. cybersecurity chief

Amit Yoran replaces Gilman Louie at the helm of In-Q-Tel.

Former U.S. cybersecurity chief Amit Yoran has been appointed president and CEO of In-Q-Tel, the CIA venture capital arm charged with funding and developing new technologies for the intelligence community. He took over Tuesday from previous chief Gilman Louie, who plans to start up his own San Francisco-based venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel said in a statement.

Yoran resigned as director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security in late 2004, after less than one year in the post. Earlier, he was CEO of Riptech, a venture-backed network security company he cofounded, and then a managed security executive at Symantec. He also did a stint overseeing the vulnerability assessment program for the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).