It’s Official: President Elevates U.S. Cyber Command

"The move really doesn’t come as a surprise, says Richard Forno, director of the Graduate Cybersecurity Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and assistant director of its Center for Cybersecurity. Former President Barack Obama approved the move before leaving office, but it took a while for President Trump to make it official, Forno points out.

The command’s elevation offers several benefits, he says. First, it further separates military cyber operations and intelligence community cyber operations. Although there has been a firewall between the two, “Having the NSA director dual-hatted can present opportunities for conflicts of interest,” Forno says."