White House Cybersecurity Chief Quits, Says Trump Admin. Is Inviting An Attack

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White House computer security Chief Dimitrios Vistakis warned that the White House is asking for another breach.

After Russian hackers breached White House computers in 2014, former President Barack Obama established the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) to prevent another such occurrence.

But according to White House computer security Chief Dimitrios Vistakis, who resigned his post earlier this month, the office is in disarray and faces extinction under President Donald Trump.

An internal memo obtained by Axios revealed that Vistakis deemed Trump administration practices “absurd” and accused the White House of “habitually being hostile” to office staff.

Such measures included withholding annual bonuses and forcing employees to quit by limiting the scope of their positions.

All of this puts the White House in danger of suffering another breach, Vistakis warned, which has not occurred since the OCISO was created.

“They say that history repeats itself,” he wrote. “Unfortunately given all of the changes I’ve seen in the past three months, I foresee the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again.”

Vistakis continued: “Allowing for a large portion of institutional knowledge to concurrently walk right out the front door seems contrary to the best of interests of the mission and organization as a whole.”

The former chief also said the White House’s metric for determining the mission and success of the office is “absurd”:

“Also of concern is the metric leadership is leveraging to gauge success of the cybersecruity program. Measuring the success of your security staff by the frequency major compromises are identified versus the duration of time since the last compromise is absurd.”

One White House source familiar with the situation told Axios: "You have an entire section who’s dedicated to providing counter threat intelligence information" adding, "if you remove that, it’s like the Wild West again."

Read the full letter here.

Comments (15)
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ktkat1949
ktkat1949

Isn't it amazing how when government or any business wants to 'cut costs' they don't pay bonuses, cut staff, lower wages, cut hours but never EVER stop raising their own salaries, bonuses, shares etc.

cvromero11
cvromero11

I believe that we are in a constitutional crisis and are now in danger under this President!!!

Omnivore
Omnivore

Since T uses an unsecured phone for his tweets, wondering why a clever hacker hasn't broken in and changed posts to talk about unicorns, rainbows and good will towards men and women. Then the Repubs will surely 25 him.

Kradek
Kradek

Remember this is a thief whose answer to a US recession is to work with enemies to raise the price of oil to US consumers. Why do something so stupid? Because it gives money to a few millionaires.

Kradek
Kradek

Why be concerned. As long as trump is executive Putin can have anything he wants

GDW
GDW

We have been in a constitutional crisis from the moment the russians tampered with our votes, and he was sworn in anyway. He should never have been sworn in in the first place - from that point on it's been a slippery slope with America sliding all the way down into the abyss - the crux of the matter is that he has enablers who are blocking any of the appropriate protocols that we are entitled to as American citizens.


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