White House reportedly nixes cybersecurity coordinator position

White House Eliminates A Top Cybersecurity Post

"The National Security Council's cyber office already has two very capable senior directors", a spokesman for the NSC, Robert Palladino, said in a statement, The Hill reported.

The announcement said the cyber coordinator job would end as Rob Joyce, the latest to hold the post, returned to the National Security Agency.

The NSC's two senior cyber policy directors sit near one another so will be able to coordinate matters in real time, Palladino said.

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.

Joyce's departure follows that of his boss, Tom Bossert, who oversaw his work on cybersecurity and was pushed out of the administration last month.

Politico first reported the elimination of the job on Tuesday.

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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.

Senator Mark Warner, the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said "it's frankly mindboggling that the Trump Administration has eliminated the top White House official responsible for a whole-of-government cyber strategy, at a time when the cyber threat to our nation is greater than ever".

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., called elimination of the federal cybersecurity coordinator's job a "tragedy" on Tuesday. The cyber coordinator role, set up during the Obama administration, was tasked with harmonising the government's approach to cybersecurity and digital warfare.

'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, ' Sen. "It is an enormous step backwards to deemphasize this growing challenge".

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), who was a founder of the Cybersecurity Caucus, took to Twitter to criticize Bolton's decision.

"Bad move, big mistake, and just shows how out of touch and uninformed John Bolton is", Langevin said.

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