The position was vacated by Rob Joyce last month to return to the National Security Agency, where he previously directed cyber-defense programs.
The National Security Council has officially made a decision to eliminate the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator role, a current USA official told CyberScoop.
According to an email sent to National Security Council employees seen by Politico, the decision is part of an effort to "streamline authority" for the senior directors who lead most NSC teams. But the National Security Council's cyber team has two senior directors, and "cyber coordination is already a core capability", according to an NSC email obtained by Politico.
The elimination of the cyber coordinator job marked the latest of several changes to the National Security Council since President Donald Trump named Bolton his national security adviser.
"The role of cyber coordinator will end", Bolton aide Christine Samuelian emailed to staff, Politico reported.
Also on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security unveiled a strategy to guide cybersecurity threats. "Fortunately, our bill will fill in those holes in government cybersecurity oversight by creating a National Office for Cyberspace in the White House".
Netskope's CEO Sanjay Beri says that eliminating the White House's top cybersecurity job is vexing for a number of reasons.
Mark Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the administration should be "investing in our nation's cyber defense, not rolling it back". "I don't see how getting rid of the top cyber official in the White House does anything to make our country safer from cyber threats". Forming a cohesive cyber defense strategy has become almost impossible as hundreds of departments report into a siloed set of decision makers.
Added former Obama administration cyber-policy adviser Ash Carter, "If you're covered in gasoline, be careful throwing matches".