Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

White House Eliminates Major Cybersecurity Position

White House Eliminates Major Cybersecurity Position White House Eliminates Major Cybersecurity Position
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 22:04

The Trump administration's decision to scrap the role of White House cyber coordinator - a role previously held by current acting Homeland Security adviser Rob Joyce, who left the post in April and plans to return to the NSA later this year - was reportedly the result of repeated pressure from newly installed national security adviser Bolton, according to Politico. The cyber coordinator position was created during the Obama presidency but John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, said it was not needed.

Politico first reported earlier on Tuesday that the position had been scrapped, citing an email from an aide to national security adviser John Bolton that was sent to NSC employees, and provided to the newspaper by a former USA official.

The US government has killed off a top government position for cyber policy, the media were reporting earlier this week.

"As they sit six feet apart from one another, they will be able to coordinate [cyber matters and policy] in real time", NSC spokesperson Robert Palladino stated. "To do anything less is a direct threat to national security". Cyber policy experts, lawmakers and former officials had urged Trump to replace Joyce and not to abolish the position. Mark Warner of Virginia said the coordinator was "the only person in the federal government tasked with delivering a coordinated, whole-of-government response to the growing cyber threats facing our nation", CNET reports.

Asked about the position at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not discussed the decision with Bolton. We also need to articulate a clear cyber doctrine.

Netskope's CEO Sanjay Beri says that eliminating the White House's top cybersecurity job is vexing for a number of reasons. "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", he added.