Election meddling. Corporate espionage. Ransomware attacks. Massive data breaches. The cybersecurity threats facing the United States seem to multiply by the year, leaving government agencies and private companies scrambling to keep up.
That is among the reasons why many experts are alarmed that the White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity czar on the National Security Council on Tuesday. John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, has been widely reported to have sought to cut the job.
“This is definitely not the signal you want to send to your allies and your adversaries,” said J. Michael Daniel, who served as cybersecurity coordinator under President Barack Obama and currently leads the Cyber Threat Alliance, a nonprofit group formed by cybersecurity companies.
The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security will surely continue to stay on top of cyber threats, but the U.S. government has apparently lost the person