Bolton Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator

Bolton Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator

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

The White House has opted to eliminate the cyber coordinator role on the National Security Council, in what some see as a step back in strong cybersecurity policy.

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.

"Today's actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council Senior Directors".

National Security Adviser John Bolton has chose to eliminate a top cybersecurity role at the National Security Council, Politico reported Tuesday.

"The role of cyber coordinator will end", Bolton aide Christine Samuelian emailed to staff, Politico reported. Joyce disclosed last month he was returning to the NSA, The Hill reported.

The answers he got bounced between programs housed in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and statutory authorities granted the secretary of defense.

It is unclear how those issues will now be managed in the White House.

"With cyber threats ever-changing and growing more sophisticated by the day, there is no logical reason to eliminate this senior position and reduce the already degraded level of cyber expertise at the White House", the statement read.

In a tweet storm Tuesday, Senate Intelligence Committee vice chair Mark Warner (D-VA) laid out a long list of cyber threats - from state actors like China and Russian Federation to ransomware and cyber crime - and called on the White House to keep the cyber coordinator position.

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.

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". Mueller signaled early this year that computer crimes could be a focus of his investigation when he appointed Ryan Dickey, a former Justice Department computer crime specialist, as a member of his team.

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