Trump Names Bossert Homeland Security Assistant

January 3, 2017–President-elect Donald J. Trump last week announced the appointment of Thomas Bossert as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, with a portfolio including cybersecurity issues. Mr. Bossert, who is a former deputy homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, has since 2009 operated a homeland and national security consulting business and has been a senior cybersecurity fellow at the U.S. Atlantic Council.

According to Mr. Trump, Mr. Bossert’s position will be one of “independent status alongside the National Security Advisor,” and will focus on “domestic and transnational security priorities” while retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser, focuses on “international security challenges.”

“I am looking forward to working closely with Gen. Flynn as we together help the President-elect advance the interests of the United States and its allies,” Mr. Bossert said in a statement released by the Trump transition team.

“Further, I also look forward to maintaining a strong, deeply respectful relationship with the governors, mayors, police and fire fighters, emergency managers, EMS professionals, and public health officials that constitute the backbone of our homeland security and our National preparedness,” he said.

Regarding cybersecurity issues, Mr. Bossert said, “We must work toward cyber doctrine that reflects the wisdom of free markets, private competition and the important but limited role of government in establishing and enforcing the rule of law, honoring the rights of personal property, the benefits of free and fair trade, and the fundamental principles of liberty. The internet is a U.S. invention, it should reflect these U.S. values as it continues to transform the future for all nations and all generations.” – John Curran, john.curran@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily