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Commuting Chelsea Manning’s Sentence Was Just and Proper

Posted: January 26, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, DoD, POTUS, Chelsea Manning, US Army

White_House.jpgBefore leaving office, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea (Bradley) Manning. At the time, Manning was serving a sentence of 35 years for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks in 2010. This material was subsequently published by WikiLeaks, embarrassing the US government and exposing several previously undocumented war crimes that took place in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

The President’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence was extremely controversial. The verdict was made over the objection of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, while other military and government officials quickly criticized Obama’s pronouncement.  Just today, President Trump referred to Manning as an “ungrateful traitor” who should have never been released from prison on Twitter.

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Cybersecurity Pros to Trump: Critical Infrastructure Is Very Vulnerable to a Cyber-attack

Posted: January 09, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure, POTUS

Global_Security.jpgLast week, President-elect Donald Trump received a comprehensive briefing on Russian hacking related to the 2016 Presidential election. In response, Trump released a statement that included the following:

"Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or business we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office.” 

These “teams” tend to be made up of a combination of Washington insiders with intelligence and/or military experience as well as an assortment of industry folks. For example, President Obama’s recent Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity included former NSA director Keith Alexander, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, etc.

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Trump Cybersecurity Dos and Don’ts (Part 2)

Posted: December 06, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Donald Trump, POTUS

dos_and_don'ts.jpgGiven 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 Remains Frighteningly Behind in Cybersecurity

Posted: November 17, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Donald Trump, POTUS, WikiLeaks

cybersecurity_white_house.jpegAs 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 plan for POTUS 45

Posted: May 05, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, POTUS

federal cybersecurityOkay, 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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