Trump Cybersecurity Dos and Don’ts (Part 2)

Given recent cybersecurity incidents like the Google Android data breach, the DDoS attack on Dyn and the data breach of the DNC, President-elect Donald Trump will find cybersecurity policy a top priority when he takes office in January.

What should Mr. Trump do and what should he avoid? In my last blog, I presented some recommendations for the “do” column. Alternatively, here is a list of things President Trump should eschew in his administration’s cybersecurity agenda. The “don’t” column includes the following:

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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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Trump Remains Frighteningly Behind in Cybersecurity

As we move into 2017, cybersecurity concerns continue to escalate. These past few months, we’ve seen some scary incidents like the October 21 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the DNS services at Dyn that used IoT devices like home routers and cameras as a botnet. Oh, and the last few months of the U.S. Presidential election featured data breaches of the DNC and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email and the subsequent posting of this information on WikiLeaks.

Pretty alarming, and it doesn’t appear like things will be getting better anytime soon. This raises the question: What type of cybersecurity response can we expect from President Donald Trump’s administration? 

Of course, no one knows, but based upon what we know from the candidate and the campaign, President Trump’s cybersecurity policy looks uninformed, misguided, and elementary so far. 

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Cybersecurity: A Priority for the Next POTUS

When the two major presidential candidates haven’t been focused on each other’s personal behavior or legal imbroglios, they’ve tended to discuss a few major issues such as health care, immigration reform, and battling terrorism. 

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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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