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White House Cuts Top Cybersecurity Role

The White House is eliminating its top cybersecurity post, days after the departure of  Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce, a former senior NSA official. It’s a concerning move at a time when the government faces increasing questions about its ability to handle cybersecurity threats, particularly around election security. The government has also seen its fair share of data breaches, including a massive breach at the Office of Personnel Management. The coordinator’s role was to ensure departments collaborated in fighting cyberattacks. An aide to the new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said in an email to staff that the coordinator role was no longer needed, as senior directors could take over the cyber team.  It’s unclear how effective fragmented leadership will be the next time there’s a major cyberattack.

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