How Will Donald Trump as President Impact Cybersecurity?

Donald Trump will most likely face a cybercrisis within his first 100 days of presidency.

Now that the United States has elected Donald Trump as its 45th president, many are wondering how he will handle cybersecurity.

Trump gave very little information during his campaign, sticking with vague statements like, “I will make certain that our military is the best in the world – in cyber offense and defense – and in every other way” and “To truly make America safe, we truly have to make cybersecurity a major priority.”

Forrester Research released its new security predictions report and have the following to say:

Within the first 100 days, the new president will face a cybercrisis. During the US presidential election, many credible sources linked the breach and leak of DNC emails to Russia.

As a result of the public allegations, an auction of supposed exploit kits used by the NSA emerged online. Ongoing throughout the election, there have been significant concerns that cybercriminals—nation-state or hacktivists—would attempt to undermine the integrity of voting.

The momentum of winning the election gives new presidents the public sponsorship to follow through on key initiatives of their campaigns. However, the 45th president will lose that momentum coming into office by finding themselves facing a cybersecurity incident.

It’s particularly troubling to look back at Trump’s first presidential debate where he refused to accept that Russia hacked the DNC and defended them. If Forrester’s predictions are accurate, Trump will have to do a better job identifying which nations are actually a threat.

Cybersecurity is a constantly growing issue. While Donald Trump is no expert in the cyber-world, will he still be able to defend this country from future cyberattacks? Only time will tell.

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