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Officials: WH Cybersecurity Team Changes Could Jeopardize Efforts

Officials:  WH Cybersecurity Team Changes Could Jeopardize Efforts

By    |   Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:35 AM

Former White House cybersecurity officials say that shuffles to the White House cybersecurity team could diminish efforts to develop policy and punish hackers, The Hill reported Thursday.

Rob Joyce, President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity coordinator, said this week he would vacate his position, less than a week after the resignation of Tom Bossert, the homeland security adviser. Joyce and Bossert had been the face of the White House’s cybersecurity efforts and provided a link between lawmakers, private industry, and the administration, the report said.

"Certainly, there’s no question that between Bossert’s departure and Rob’s departure that it’s going to slow down policy development work and cause disruption," said Michael Daniel, who was the Barack Obama administration’s cybersecurity coordinator, in The Hill.

"Both Tom and Rob leaving is a significant problem for private sector engagement on cybersecurity issues,"one cybersecurity lobbyist said in the report.

The pair appeared to have led the United States’ change in stance on Russian hacking, Wired reported. While President Donald Trump had not acknowledged Russian hacking in the 2016 election, the administration sanctioned Russia in March over cyber issues, presumably under Bossert and Joyce’s guidance, the Wired report said.

"As companies worry about cyberattacks right now, people are asking, 'Who should I call?' Since this administration started, the first call has often been to one of those two,"the lobbyist said in The Hill.

Replacing Bossert and Joyce will be difficult, but it is vital to do so, former officials said in the report.

"We’re certainly not in the position now given all the threats we are facing, particularly nation states, to have any gap or uncertainty,"said Chris Painter, who was the State Department’s cyber diplomat in the Obama administration and the early months of Trump’s tenure.

"I think it’s a pretty significant challenge that they will now have to overcome. Rob has been in this space and has tremendous expertise on all aspects of it… there are very few people with the combination of his expertise and personality,"said Megan Stifel, a former National Security Council director for international cyber policy.

The transition would be simpler if an official who is already in the intelligence community is chosen, said former Pentagon cyber policy official Michael Sulmeyer in the report.

"If it’s a total outsider, it’s going to take some time to get that person up to speed on what the progress has been,"Sulmeyer said in the report.

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Former White House cybersecurity officials say that shuffles to the White House cybersecurity team could diminish efforts to develop policy and punish hackers, The Hill reported Thursday.
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