Trump Cybersecurity Dos and Don’ts

President-elect Donald Trump ran a campaign focused on national security and making America great again through economic reform. Clearly both goals should include policies and programs to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity capabilities. This shouldn’t be an abstract concept to Mr. Trump after an election cycle featuring Russian hacks and WikiLeaks posts. 

To reinforce this priority, it is also worth noting that in a pre-election survey by ESG research, 49% of cybersecurity professionals said that cybersecurity is a critical issue and should be the top national security priority for the next President while 45% said cybersecurity is a very important issue and should be one of the top national security priorities for the next President. If those citizens on the front-line see cybersecurity as a major priority, this should speak volumes to the President-elect. 

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Cybersecurity plan for POTUS 45

Okay, the presidential primaries are winding down, and while I expect lots of name-calling, insults and general sophomoric behavior this summer and fall, it’s time for both parties to step up with a strong plan for cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity? You’d really never know that it’s a national issue based upon the proceedings so far. Governor Bush put out a two-page overview while Dr. Ben Carson’s team drafted a high-level proposal. Neither of these documents really dug into existing policies, domestic challenges, or International issues. With the exception of John McAfee, no one has gotten into any detail on this topic.

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RSA Security Conference 2013: The Most Important RSA Ever?

It wasn’t long ago that the annual RSA Security Conference was an oasis from mainstream IT. While CIOs were focused on business process automation, the RSA crowd was celebrating technologies like DLP, web security, and key management. Yup, security was an under-funded IT stepchild and the RSA Conference was still centered on bits and bytes.

That was then, this is now and cybersecurity is everywhere – newspapers, magazines, television news, etc. Off the top of my head, here are some of the big cybersecurity news stories from the first two months of 2013:

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