White House dumps 'cyber czar' advisory position

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

Politico, which first reported the decision Tuesday, said the move was part of an effort to "streamline authority" for senior directors who lead teams within the NSC.

"With our two Senior Directors for Cybersecurity, cyber coordination is already a core capability", the announcement read.

The National Security Council reportedly argues the move's about reducing bureaucracy, not reducing security, according to a statement obtained by several news outlets.

Rob Joyce, Trump's first coordinator, left the White House on Friday and planned to return to the National Security Agency where he had worked previously.

When Joyce first announced his departure last month, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Joyce would "stay on as needed to provide continuity and facilitate the transition with his replacement".

"The role of cyber coordinator will end", Bolton aide Christine Samuelian emailed to staff, Politico reported.

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.

Also on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security unveiled a strategy to guide cybersecurity threats. "It will focus on coordinating departmental cybersecurity activities to ensure a unity of effort".

The position was established during the administration of President Barack Obama and was aimed at harmonizing government policy on cybersecurity and digital warfare.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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