Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump administration eliminates White House cybersecurity post

Trump administration eliminates White House cybersecurity post

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. Since then global inspectors have not found any violations of the terms by Iran.

The White House has eliminated its top cybersecurity position and is strengthening the role of departmental CIOs, according to reports.

Politico first reported the move. Lawmakers and cyber policy experts had urged Trump to replace Joyce and not to eliminate the position.

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"We should be investing in our nation's cyber defense, not rolling it back". The cyber coordinator role, set up during the Obama administration, was tasked with harmonising the government's approach to cybersecurity and digital warfare.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, issued a statement responding to the news and accusing Bolton of "wreaking havoc" on the NSC. Some have voiced concern that eliminating the position will only make America even more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Chris Painter, a former cyber diplomat for the State Department, echoed Warner's concerns on Twitter, "Structure isn't everything but structure speaks to priority & ability to drive decisions & coordinate oft disparate views".

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"The cyber threat landscape is shifting in real-time, and we have reached a historic turning point", said DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Lieu said that "a coordinated effort to keep our information systems safe is paramount if we want to counter the cyber threats posed by foes like Russia, Iran and China". "Digital security is now converging with personal and physical security, and it is clear that our cyber adversaries can now threaten the very fabric of our republic itself".

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