The White House's cybersecurity tsar has been dethroned

White House Eliminates A Top Cybersecurity Post

The move comes after a National Security Council (NSC) official confirmed to The Hill that the administration made a decision to eliminate the position of cybersecurity coordinator.

The Cybersecurity Coordinator role was elevated to the position of assistant to the president two years ago under President Barack Obama, and the person occupying it was tasked with helping coordinate and unify cybersecurity policy and efforts across government agencies.

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton (L) and Vice President Mike Pence listen to President Donald Trump announce his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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

The decision to eliminate the role is part of an ongoing effort to "streamline authority" for the senior directors who lead most National Security Council (NSC) teams, according to an email sent to NSC staffers on Tuesday that was first obtained by Politico. "Streamlining management will improve efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and increase accountability", Palladino said.

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

Mark Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the administration should be "investing in our nation's cyber defense, not rolling it back".

"This move impedes our country's strategic efforts to counter cybersecurity threats against our country", Lieu said. "We also need to articulate a clear cyber doctrine", Sen.

Former Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, Jocye's boss, oversaw the cybersecurity program and was pushed out of the White House on Bolton's second day on the job. Forming a cohesive cyber defense strategy has become almost impossible as hundreds of departments report into a siloed set of decision makers.



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