White House reportedly eliminates top cybersecurity role

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A co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus rebuked National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday for eliminating the White House cyber coordinator position.

The news was first reported by Politico.

Detractors say the role was important symbolically, though, and perhaps structurally as well - Senator Mark Werner (D-VA) says the coordinator was "the only person in the federal government tasked with delivering a coordinated, whole-of-government response to the growing cyber threats facing our nation". The NSC's cyber team has two senior directors, the email said, and thus "cyber coordination is already a core capability".

"Today's actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council senior directors".

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.

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.

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.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, issued a statement responding to the news and accusing Bolton of "wreaking havoc" on the NSC.

The Trump administration has eliminated the White House's top cyber policy role, Politico reports.

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