- On November 11, 2016
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- By Chris Howell
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On November 9, Donald J. Trump officially became President-Elect of the United States. While many are speculating on a multitude of expected policy changes–especially in the first 100 days after January 20, 2017–cybersecurity has been an administration hot topic since the first presidential debate in September 2016.
“We came in with the Internet, we came up with the Internet, and I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what [the Islamic State] is doing with the Internet, they’re beating us at our own game. ISIS. So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is — it is a huge problem,” said Mr. Trump during the debate.
Today, future First Lady Melania Trump’s says that she wants to focus on cyberbullying, in addition to other children’s issues. Additionally, the future Trump administration cybersecurity transition plan is outlined in the “Defense & National Security” component of “Making America Secure Again.”
Currently, the 100-Day Transition Plan states that,” Mr. Trump recognizes that we cannot tackle challenges, especially threats to our security, unless we define the problem in a way that American resources and instruments of power can be applied against them. To this end, Mr. Trump recognizes the long-term threat posed to our nation and our allies by radical ideologies that direct and inspire terrorism. A Trump administration will be committed to both immediate and sustainable actions to counter the threats posed by these radical ideologies. A Trump administration also recognizes the uniquely catastrophic threats posed by nuclear weapons and cyber attacks. Mr. Trump will ensure our strategic nuclear triad is modernized to ensure it continues to be an effective deterrent, and his administration will review and minimize our nation’s infrastructure vulnerabilities to cyber threats.”
“Cybersecurity is sure to be one of many important challenges facing our next President. And it has been true for some time now that cyber attack and defense are key components of modern warfare–and, in fact, legitimate peacetime activities,” said Cloudburst Security Founder and Vice President Adam Bennett. “The role of cyber will only continue to grow in 2017 and beyond. And, now, more than ever, the United States needs well-informed leadership and direction to counter pervasive cyber threats and to maintain our standing in the world.”
While it remains a primary item, specifics have yet to be outlined and it is unclear how the future Trump administration’s plan will change current cybersecurity acts, orders, protocols, and standards–only 2017 and beyond will tell. Regardless of national policy, organizations should maintain vigilance about securing their data and information security. From hospitals to government agencies and banks, Americans have seen a dramatic uptick in cyber threats.