United States government scraps cyber coordinator role in White House

US Cybersecurity Coordinator

US Cybersecurity Coordinator

The executive dismissal comes a week after Politico first reported Bolton was highly considering removing the White House role of cyber policy adviser. "Fortunately, our bill will fill in those holes in government cybersecurity oversight by creating a National Office for Cyberspace in the White House".

"Today's actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council Senior Directors". "It is an enormous step backwards to deemphasize this growing challenge".

The White House has eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator after President Donald Trump's first appointee for the job departed last week, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed on Tuesday. The official explanation for the move is that the NSC cyber team has two capable senior directors that will take over the responsibilities of White House cybersecurity coordinator.

The email, sent by Bolton's aide Christine Samuelian, reads: "The role of cyber coordinator will end". "Cyber coordination is already a core capability".

The coordinator reportedly dealt with such timely issues as election security and digital warfare.


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

As some lawmakers noted this week, having more staff dedicated to cybersecurity in the current climate would be prudent.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate Intel Committee, also blasted the idea on Tuesday. Forming a cohesive cyber defense strategy has become almost impossible as hundreds of departments report into a siloed set of decision makers.

"[Bolton's] rhetoric here is putting any sense of balance we have here at risk", former Air Force cyber officer and Dragos Security co-founder Robert Lee said in April. He added the Trump administration had mostly followed in the footsteps of the Obama administration before this move.

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