What does Donald Trump’s victory mean for cyber-security?

10 November 2016

Will the next President know how to deal with a cyber-attack?


As Donald Trump swept to victory, Forrester Research, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms, predicted that the new president will face a cybercrisis within his first 100 days in office.

In the run-up to the election, there was much debate about what would happen if Trump were in charge of the nuclear codes. Now he’s President-Elect, there are questions over how he'd handle the growing cyber threat from the likes of China, Russia and stateless hacking groups.

"To truly make America safe, we truly have to make cyber security a major priority," said Trump to a  Virginia crowd in October. He added that cyber attacks from other countries including "China, Russia, and North Korea constitute one of our most critical national security concerns." 

 According to the BBC, Trump’s campaign website promises an "immediate review" of the country's "cyber defences and vulnerabilities" including within US critical infrastructure, which includes the energy and banking sectors. Trump has pledged to create task forces to respond to digital threats throughout the country – and get recommendations on how to enhance the military's Cyber Command with "with a focus on both offense and defense."

Trump has said he wants to develop the US's offensive capabilities so the country could retaliate against a cyber attack. This wouldn't be unprecedented as cyber weapons have been used by the US in the past.

However, back in September a question about cyber security issues led to the following, much critcised, response from Trump:

"It is a huge problem. I have a son - he's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it's hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better. And certainly cyber is one of them."




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