The criticism: The Trump administration has been lambasted for scrapping the role of White House national cybersecurity tsar, and for creating confusion over who has authority in government to coordinate responses to threats against key infrastructure. The new body is an attempt to silence the critics.
Center forward: The idea is for companies to work voluntarily with the DHS and other agencies to develop more coordinated ways to tackle risks they face. The center will be staffed by DHS employees, and some will be assigned to private firms that sign up to work with it. Given the deeply worrying scale of the cyber threats America’s facing, the more public-private collaboration there is, the better.