How concerned should Americans be about a White House shuffle that removed the cybersecurity coordinator position? Significantly concerned, according to a collection of top cybersecurity policy experts gathered by the Atlantic Council think tank. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position soon after taking office in May. The elimination was greeted with consternation by many cyber analysts who believed the job, which encompasses government cyber protections, international cyber negotiations and broad U.S. cyber policy, was too complex to be subsumed into broader White House operations.
That opinion was shared by a majority of about 25 cybersecurity policy leaders gathered by the Atlantic Council think tank Tuesday. When asked if people should be “significantly concerned” about the loss of the position, more than half of the participants raised their hands.
The meeting was held under the Chatham House Rule, which means reporters and other participants can describe what was said but not who said it.
“I’m really concerned,” one participant said of the position’s elimination, adding “this is the first time I’ve seen us go backward.”