Jul 20, 2018 - World

Three senior cybersecurity officials to leave FBI

Scott Smith, FBI official, testifying in Congress

Scott Smith, the retiring assistant director for the Cyber Division at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Three high-level cybersecurity officials are retiring from the FBI, reports WSJ.

Why it matters: While it is not uncommon for officials to leave after become eligible for retirement benefits at age 50, the timing and scale of the exodus is noteworthy given President Trump's criticism of the intelligence community and the ongoing cyber threats from Russia and other foreign adversaries.

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