‘Lost its focus’: DHS neglected cyber mission while focusing on immigration, analysts say

Private sector and former Homeland Security aides say the Trump administration’s intense focus on immigration and border security has come at a cost to national cybersecurity as officials worry about a massive attack from Iran.

“DHS has essentially become the Department of Immigration and Border Security rather than Homeland Security,” said David Lapan, who was press secretary at the Department of Homeland Security at the start of the Trump administration.

“The challenge is the commander in chief — the president — is so focused on one particular element of the Homeland Security mission. That shows priorities. Cybersecurity and aviation security and other things get a lower level of priority,” said
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