White House cybersecurity coordinator takes on additional role in Trump administration

Rob Joyce speaks at a MassTLC event May 22 in Boston. (MassTLC)

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Rob Joyce, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, is ascending through the ranks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

CyberScoop has learned that Joyce will take on a new position starting Monday as acting deputy homeland security adviser to the president, a position that was vacated by John Daly in recent days and Amy Pope before him in January.

Joyce is a well respected intelligence professional and one of the leading cybersecurity experts in the federal government. Prior to the White House, he worked in the National Security Agency, leading the spy agency’s elite hacking unit known as Tailored Access Operations.

The March appointment of Joyce as White House cybersecurity coordinator was heralded by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Joyce will continue in his role as the nation’s cybersecurity czar in addition to the new position. His current duties include coordinating, communicating with and effectively leading the individual cybersecurity efforts of each federal agency, including civilian and military departments.

The deputy homeland security adviser role involves a range of additional and sweeping responsibilities, including those related to immigration, counterterrorism and disaster response. Joyce reports directly to Thomas Bossert, the homeland security adviser, who has helmed the Trump administration’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and elsewhere.

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