Dems introduce bill to save top cyber role at White House

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The elimination of the cyber coordinator job marked the latest of several changes to the National Security Council since President Donald Trump named Bolton his national security adviser. The cyber coordinator role, set up during the Obama administration, was tasked with harmonising the government's approach to cybersecurity and digital warfare.

The position was vacated by Rob Joyce last month to return to the National Security Agency, where he previously directed cyber-defense programs.

John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, has eliminated the White House cybersecurity coordinator position.

"Today's actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council senior directors. Streamlining management will improve efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and increase accountability", Palladino said. Cyber policy experts, lawmakers and former officials had urged Trump to replace Joyce and not to abolish the position.

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the top Democrat on the Senate Intel Committee, also blasted the idea on Tuesday.

The White House is staying silent on the matter for now.

Lieu said that "a coordinated effort to keep our information systems safe is paramount if we want to counter the cyber threats posed by foes like Russia, Iran and China".

"It comes at a time when our greatest cyber-adversaries are more relevant than ever on the global stage, and the county already lacks central cybersecurity leadership". On May 3, the Defense Department announced it would be elevating U.S. Cyber Command to a combatant command, putting it at the same level as other unified combatant commanders and allowing Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone to report directly to Defense Secretary James Mattis. "Instead of eliminating jobs we need to be creating them, and the first step in the right direction would be the appointment of a federal CISO to oversee all of our nation's cybersecurity initiatives and promote inter-agency collaboration".

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