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Undated:  Thomas P. Bossert (born March 25, 1975)[1] is an American lawyer and former Homeland Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump.[2] He is currently an ABC News Homeland Security analyst.

Immediately before, he was a fellow at the Atlantic Council and prior to that he served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he co-authored the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security. Prior to that, Bossert held positions in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the Independent Counsel, and the House of Representatives.[3] He also was appointed as the Director of Infrastructure Protection under Bush, overseeing the security of critical U.S. infrastructure, a post he held for two years.[4]

Bossert was appointed the Senior Director for Preparedness Policy within the Executive Office of the President.[5]

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On December 27, 2016, the Trump transition team announced that then President-elect Donald Trump intended to appoint Bossert to the post of Homeland Security Advisor (officially titled the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism), a position that would not require Senate confirmation. Bossert was officially appointed on January 20, 2017, the date of President Trump's entrance into office.[4]

In July 2017, a British hacker spear-phished Bossert into thinking he was Jared Kushner by sending an email to Bossert. The hacker also received Bossert's private email address without asking for it.[10]

On April 10, 2018, Bossert resigned a day after John R. Bolton, the newly-appointed National Security Advisor, started his tenure.[11]  
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August 1: White House cybersecurity official serving under President Donald Trump fell victim to an email prank, it emerged Monday night. Twitter user “SINON_REBORN,” posing as senior advisor to the president Jared Kushner, emailed Tom Bossert asking if he wanted to attend a soirée, which Bossert accepted.

“Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August,” the prankster said, reported CNN. “It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible [sic] quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening.”

“Thanks, Jared,” Bossert replied. “With a promise like that, I can’t refuse. Also, if you ever need it, my personal email is [redacted].”

Bossert wasn’t the only victim of the email prank, though. Anthony Scaramucci, who until Monday was White House communications director, was also tricked into believing that he was speaking to former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

“We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to CNN.

September 13: Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert thinks we can address climate change, just “not the causes.”

-- 2018 --

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April 10: Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert resigns, White House says

April 10: John Bolton pushes out Tom Bossert as homeland security adviser

Two sources familiar with Bossert's departure said while Bolton did not have a personal problem with Bossert, he wanted to put his own team in place. It is not unusual for a new national security adviser to replace officials with his own team, but Bolton has yet to announce any new hires to the National Security Council -- instead pushing out at least two senior officials in recent days.

One of the sources could not explain the abrupt nature of Bossert's departure, an alumnus of President George W. Bush's administration who is well liked by most White House officials.

"This is incredibly jarring," a person in the White House said.

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April 16:
The White House Loses Its Cybersecurity Brain Trust

Today, the White
House confirmed that cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce will head back to the National Security Agency, where he previously ran the nation’s top hacking team. His departure comes just a week after Tom Bossert, Trump’s cybersecurity czar and Joyce’s boss, was forced out—and leaves the administration without two trusted voices on one of the most important challenges the US faces going forward.

Reuters reports that Joyce will leave of his own accord. But whatever the reasons for their respective absences, losing them will slow the ability of the US to think about big-picture cybersecurity concerns. And replacing them may not be easy.

July 25: 
Former Trump official: No one 'minding the store' at White House on cyberthreats

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October 30: Podcast: Monika Bickert and Tom Bossert on Fighting Digital Threats

For over an hour these two experts discussed – from contrasting perspectives – the challenges of and opportunities for both government and the private sector for addressing digital threats, especially those involving social media platforms.

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