White House eliminates a top cybersecurity post at behest of John Bolton

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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.

The executive dismissal comes a week after Politico first reported Bolton was highly considering removing the White House role of cyber policy adviser.

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

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner perceived initial reports of Bolton cutting out the post as a danger since attacks on virtual systems on both America’s private and public sectors appear to be increasing either in intensity, prevalence, or both. He expressed his deep-seated criticism of such a move before Politico officially confirmed it, while also detailing several areas of concerns whether it’s Russia, China, Iran or the go it alone, individual online menace.

A representative for Bolton asserted her superior’s action helps in “eliminating another layer of bureaucracy.”

While the White House still has Michael Kratsios, the U.S. deputy chief technology officer, not having a cyber coordinator — who was in charge of a team of directors who worked with other agencies and institutions for national security purposes, among others — could be seen as a critically huge vacancy.

Now, like the head science advisor, the White House doesn’t have a chief cybersecurity advisor, a position designed to help lead such technical efforts pursuant to defense — something Bolton sees as a net benefit.

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