Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House dumps 'cyber czar' advisory position

White House dumps 'cyber czar' advisory position

Politico reported last week that Bolton was trying to eliminate the top cyber policy role.

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.

Politico first reported earlier on Tuesday that the position had been scrapped, citing an email from an aide to national security adviser John Bolton that was sent to NSC employees, and provided to the newspaper by a former USA official. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced a bill to create a National Office for Cyberspace, with a Senate-confirmed head, at the White House. 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.

"I have not had a conversation with Ambassador Bolton about that particular issue", Nielsen told Michigan Democratic Sen.

"Is there a point person to be able to give recommendations on an appropriate response to a cyber attack to the president?" It is now listed as the No. 1 threat in the annual assessment that the director of national intelligence sends to Congress. In a statement, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized Bolton for "already wreaking havoc on the National Security Council".

"W$3 e, at this particular point, can not point to one sort of cyber czar", Coates concluded. The White House and the National Security Council didn't immediately reply to requests for comment.

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The move is reportedly part of a larger maneuver to "streamline authority" for the leadership of the national security council teams.

In its final report, Obama's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity recommended elevating the position to report directly to the president. Moving forward, these Senior Directors will coordinate cyber matters and policy.

"With no one at the helm at the White House to manage this process, I worry about which countries will step in", Megan Stifel, former NSC director for worldwide cyber policy, told Politico before the decision.

"We also need to articulate a clear cyber doctrine".

"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.

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