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President Trump Eliminates Position of National Cybersecurity Coordinator

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By LTC Steven Howard, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Contributor, InCyberDefense

On Tuesday, May 15, President Trump issued an executive order which closed the position of the nation’s top cybersecurity chief.

The order rearranges the federal information technology infrastructure and includes no details of a replacement for Rob Joyce, the former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. Joyce left the position in April to return to the National Security Agency.

Democrats Introduce Legislation to Restore National Cybersecurity Coordinator Position

When it became clear that President Trump planned to eliminate the position, Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to restore the position.

In a statement, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., criticized the administration for “wreaking havoc on the National Security Council.”

In addition, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Vice Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, stated: “We should be investing in our nation’s cyber defense, not rolling it back.”

It is unclear if legislation can force the President to appoint a position that advises him. After all, the President could simply not listen to advice from an appointee in a position that he had previously eliminated.

Many public and private organizations agree that the U.S. government consistently ranks among the worst in preparedness for a cyberattack.

Susan Hoffman is a Managing Editor at Edge, whose articles have appeared in multiple publications. Susan is known for her expertise in blogging, social media, SEO, and content analytics, and she is also a book reviewer for Military History magazine. She has a B.A. cum laude in English from James Madison University and an undergraduate certificate in electronic commerce from American Public University.

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