The White House's cybersecurity tsar has been dethroned

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The position was left open when Rob Joyce, President Trump's first coordinator, announced last month he was leaving the White House to return to the National Security Agency.

President Donald Trump's administration has officially eliminated its top cybersecurity post at the behest of new national security adviser John Bolton, according to a Politico report published Tuesday.

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The White House has eliminated the role of Cybersecurity Coordinator, generally viewed as the top cybersecurity role in the United States government.

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 US official.

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The NSC's two senior cyber policy directors sit near one another so will be able to coordinate matters in real time, Palladino said.

In response to the council's move, Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation that would create a National Office for Cyberspace at the White House. "To do anything less is a direct threat to national security".

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

"We should be investing in our nation's cyber defense, not rolling it back". Forcing those responsibilities onto remaining officials may strain them unnecessarily or weaken their ability to respond promptly to threats or policy requests. "We also need to articulate a clear cyber doctrine", Sen.

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"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", Senate Intelligence ranking member Mark Warner (D-Va.) tweeted Tuesday. Forming a cohesive cyber defense strategy has become almost impossible as hundreds of departments report into a siloed set of decision makers. He added the Trump administration had mostly followed in the footsteps of the Obama administration before this move.

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