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(3,305 posts)
Tue Jul 18, 2017, 09:46 AM Jul 2017

Top State cyber official to exit, leaving myriad questions

Source: Politico

STATE DEPARTMENT LOSES TOP CYBER OFFICIAL — The global cybersecurity community is still struggling to process the news that Christopher Painter, the Trump administration’s top cyber diplomat, will leave his State Department job at the end of the month, as Eric first reported on Monday. Painter, the coordinator for cyber issues at State, has been leading American delegations to international cyber meetings since 2011, negotiating joint agreements with other countries on issues like protecting critical infrastructure and developing cyber norms. “Chris has been a tireless defender of American interests in cyberspace,” Jason Healey, a senior cyber researcher at Columbia University, told MC, “flying hundreds of thousands of miles a year to push our views of freedom online, conduct countless bilateral meetings with allies and friends and [champion] international engagement in multilateral settings.”

“The U.S. government didn’t have many like Chris,” Healey said, “and his departure will be a major loss.” Painter previously served in top cyber roles at the National Security Council, the FBI and the Justice Department. He may return to DOJ, where he is technically an employee on detail to State. DOJ did not respond to a request for comment on his status. “Chris will be hard to replace,” said James Lewis, a cyber expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “This will be an easy one to mess up.” Michael Sulmeyer, a former senior Pentagon cyber policy official, told MC that Painter accumulated invaluable experience in his previous jobs. “You weren’t just ‘working with State,’” he said of interagency meetings with Painter. “He and his colleagues understood the broader concerns and priorities of everyone else in the room.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-cybersecurity/2017/07/18/top-state-cyber-official-to-exit-leaving-myriad-questions-221386

EVERYONE should be very alarmed by this, especially considering the current debacle with Russia.
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Top State cyber official to exit, leaving myriad questions (Original Post) Shell_Seas Jul 2017 OP
I should not be shocked... Zoonart Jul 2017 #1
This is extremely alarming. Shell_Seas Jul 2017 #3
I could not agree more. Zoonart Jul 2017 #4
russia just hacked our nuclear facilities. repubes did nothing. Achilleaze Jul 2017 #6
They are looking for the "Kill switch". Zoonart Jul 2017 #7
A perfect opening for a Russian asset. The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2017 #2
+1 byronius Jul 2017 #8
the republican probably got offered more money by russia Achilleaze Jul 2017 #5


(11,593 posts)
1. I should not be shocked...
Tue Jul 18, 2017, 09:53 AM
Jul 2017

and yet I am. They continue taking apart the train and deconstructing our security and our state. This is Bannon's philosophy and mission in action.

Wise up - Rise up America.


(3,305 posts)
3. This is extremely alarming.
Tue Jul 18, 2017, 09:56 AM
Jul 2017

And comes nearly two weeks after reports of Russia hacking our Nuclear power plants. Days after reports of Russia hacking the UK's electrical grid. And all while the so-called leader of our country refused to acknowledge these things.


(11,593 posts)
4. I could not agree more.
Tue Jul 18, 2017, 10:39 AM
Jul 2017

I think we are being set up for a massive cyber attack that will cause the invocation of Marshall Law and then it's not only "Lights Out" but, also "Game Over".

Of course, I' write horror fiction, so everything is a nail to me, but it seems that there is a pattern here that is going unreported by the MSM. That being: the hollowing out of our basic governmental infrastructure having to do with cyber security, international affairs, and science.Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think FEMA is empty too?

We are being walled off, in preperation for being shut down with no emergency management or policing of cyber affairs in place.

Very grave. NT


(15,543 posts)
6. russia just hacked our nuclear facilities. repubes did nothing.
Tue Jul 18, 2017, 10:45 AM
Jul 2017

the repubes didn't even bother to whine about this "act of war" on America. Disgusting lack of patriotism.

From Business Insider, July 16, 2017:
A key American defense has failed, and now Russia fears no reprisal for hacking the US

Russia is accused of bold intrusions into vital US infrastructure (elections, nuclear power plants), actions that one expert says were made without fear of reprisal. (Because republicans are AWOL, refusing to do their jobs and to protect all of America).



(15,543 posts)
5. the republican probably got offered more money by russia
Tue Jul 18, 2017, 10:41 AM
Jul 2017

so off to work with the kremlin on colluding with republicans to take down America. Would not be surprised.

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