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President Donald Trump abolished the nation's Cybersecurity Czar's job on Tuesday, and Democratic lawmakers immediately introduced laws to restore.
Trump signed an executive order reorganizing the federal IT infrastructure, which includes no mention of the White House cyber security coordinator or a replacement for Rob Joyce, who said he is leaving the position last month to return to the National Security Agency where he was previously Cyber Defense Programs Initiated
"Today's measures continue to strengthen the top directors of the National Security Council," the National Security Council said in a statement, according to Reuters. "Streamlining management will improve efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and increase accountability."
Politico first reported Tuesday on the cancellation of the job. The White House and the National Security Council did not respond to requests for an opinion on the decision, which arrived on the same day when a large computer security report considered government systems the least secure of all industries.
John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser has reportedly attempted to end the work as part of a major reorganization of the National Security Council. Joyce and his predecessors told the president; Senior NSC Directors Report Bolton
Top Democrats on Capitol Hill reacted harshly to the decision. In a statement, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, The Democrat on the House National Security Commission Committee, criticized Bolton for "already devastating damage to the National Security Council."
"With cyber threats constantly changing and through today there is none Reason enough to eliminate this leadership and reduce already weakened cyber expertise in the White House, "said Thompson.
Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., Deputy Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday:" We should go to the Investing our country's cyber defense, not rolling it back. "
" We also need to articulate a clear cyberdoctrine. I can not imagine the abolition of the top White House cyber officer doing anything to protect our country from cyber threats " Warner said on Twitter .
Two Democrats, Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, co-founder of Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, and Ted Lieu of California, a member of the Judiciary Committee for Homeland Security, have soon drafted a bill restoring their position, giving them additional authority to head a National Cyberspace Bureau subject to approval by the Senate.
Langevin and Lieu named Trump's decision "a huge step backwards to diminish the importance of this growing area within the US White House.  Lieu said in a statement, "The decision to eliminate the White House 's cyber policy role is outrageous, especially given the fact that we are being threatened by enemy enemies more than ever.
The same goes for Chris Painter The US Department of Coordinator for Cyber Affairs during President Barack Obama's tenure – who created the White House's position in 2009 – described Trump's move as "a tragedy."
"Structure is not everything, but structure speaks for priority and decision-making and coordinates different views ", Painter said on Twitter ." Any study, commission or other review suggested higher, not lower placement. "
Computing Technology Industry Association, a nonprofit trading group with operations in more than 120 countries, also asked Trump for a reassessment.  <img src = "https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2015_19/1013341/150507-ted-lieu-arp-904a_4e7cc37970a60f3f0df8d3decabd5749.fit-760w.jpg" alt = "Image: Ted Lieu
"A coherent and comprehensive cybersecurity strategy across all federal government agencies can only be achieved if there is a coordinating body," said Elizabeth Hyman of the EVP  The decision comes as CA Veracode, a software testing service used by large corporations and numerous federal and state agencies, released its well-watched State of Software Security report for 2017 on Tuesday (PDF)
Like in earlier ones Years ago, the report found that applications developed by government agencies are the least secure compared to any other industry. Nearly half of all government programs show signs of cryptographic weakness (48 percent) and some kind of malicious software on attack called cross-site scripting (49 percent).
"The numbers for vulnerability prevalence at first scan shows that government was me" This is the worst place in almost every category, "said Veracode, a division of CA Technologies, one of the world's largest system software vendors.
Laura Paine, the public relations and analyst relations manager, said many agencies are still developing their applications with older programming languages that are known to be vulnerable and many of them are not careful to fix bugs, citing inflexible state appropriation rules "may not always reflect modern best practices" as a possible key statement
"We see the same trend year after year with only slight improvements," said Paine.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller examines whether Russia is intervening in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller signaled earlier this year that computer crime A major focus of his investigation might be when he named Ryan Dickey, a former cybercrime specialist in the Department of Justice, as his team.