Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to head a new committee tasked with bringing together the best minds in the private sector to enact create the best possible solutions for cyber security. Giuliani’s new committee will meet regularly with Trump’s administration and give cyber security the emphasis it deserves.
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“It’s [Trump’s] belief, which I share, that a lot of the solutions are out there. We’re just not sharing them. … My belief is, as always, that the answer to cyber security is gonna be found in the private sector,” Giuliani told the crew at Fox News.
Giuliani notes that the new committee will take a different approach and utilize the resources and creativity of experts fro the private sector to supplement the knowledge base and threat assessment that the government has access to.
“The idea here is to bring together corporate leaders and their technological people. The president will meet with them on an ongoing basis as well as anyone else in the Administration,” Giuliani said.
“I’ll coordinate the whole thing. I’ll get the people in, make sure the meeting takes place, make sure they get the information from the private sector.”
While one goal is to use all of the available tools to provide the best threat eradication and asset protection, the effort will also allow Trump’s administration to keep apace with private sector developments.
“Here’s what happened to us: Acquisition of information got way ahead of our ability to defend it,” Giuliani said.
Trump’s first press conference included a chapter on the cyber security strengths of the Republican National Committee and the relative failures of the failures of his democratic opponents. The origin of these attacks is still a hotly debated topic.
Most assessments of our respective vulnerabilities focus on nation-states like Russia. Trump’s own diagnosis casts a wider net and includes the actions of China, Iran, and others. He is quick to point out that not all of the attacks are state sponsored, and that attention must be paid to individuals, too.