White House dumps 'cyber czar' advisory position

White House Eliminates A Top Cybersecurity Post

The cyber coordinator role was first created by President Obama in 2009; its occupant in charge of, as you might expect, coordinating national cybersecurity policy across the many places in the government where it is being addressed.

The White House has eliminated the position of cyber security coordinator after President Donald Trump's first appointee for the job departed last week, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed on Tuesday.

A pair of Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill that would save the top cybersecurity role at the White House after the Trump administration announced Tuesday it plans to eliminate the position.

The elimination of the cyber coordinator job marked the latest of several changes to the National Security Council since President Donald Trump named Bolton his national security adviser. "Streamlining management will improve efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and increase accountability", Palladino said.

The internal announcement said the elimination of the cyber role, just weeks into the tenure of national security adviser John Bolton, was part of an effort to "streamline authority for National Security Council Senior Directors".

"The role of cyber coordinator will end", Bolton aide Christine Samuelian emailed to staff, Politico reported. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), said: "It is an enormous step backwards to deemphasize this growing challenge".

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Rob Joyce, who left the role on Friday, was chief of an NSA hacking outfit (Tailored Access Operations) last March.

"The National Security Council's cyber office already has two very capable Senior Directors".

It is unclear how those issues will now be managed in the White House. Moving forward, these Senior Directors will coordinate cyber matters and policy.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate Intel Committee, also blasted the idea on Tuesday.

The State Department eliminated a similar position past year. "I don't see how getting rid of the top cyber official in the White House does anything to make our country safer from cyber threats".

Nielsen said DHS has "strengthened all of our relationships with the silos" in government that Peters mentioned in his question, and said she is in regular contact with Bolton on cybersecurity, the previous statement notwithstanding.

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