On Day 1, Pres. Trump to Direct Pentagon to Develop Plan to Protect Cybersecurity of Infrastructure

Signaling an enhanced role of the military in securing critical infrastructure, on Day 1, President-elect Donald Trump will make cybersecurity a top priority.

In this two minute video, he said, “On national security, I will ask the Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks, and all other forms of attacks.”  

Protecting vital infrastructure from cyber attacks is the focus of the 2nd Annual Billington International Cybersecurity Summit on March 30 at the National Press Club.

While key decisions are being made about who will advise the President-elect in cybersecurity, those named already have made their views well known on cyber.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for U.S. national security advisor, has strong views on cybersecurity: principally that the U.S. is falling behind.  Another failing Flynn sees, and one widely shared by security experts: not enough trained cybersecurity personnel.  Flynn’s remarks on cybersecurity can be viewed here.   Flynn was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and as a chair of the Military Intelligence Board between 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of National Intelligence.

At this writing, no one has been appointed to other key jobs.  This week the Wall Street Journal said that the Trump Administration “had signaled, but not closed the deal, on the appointment” of ADM Michael Rogers as the director of national intelligence.  In the meantime, the Obama Administration still has to decide if U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to a full Combatant Command.  Key posts at DHS will likely need to be filled when the DHS Secretary is nominated and sworn in.

Billington CyberSecurity will track cybersecurity developments all year, inviting top administration cybersecurity leaders to speak at our roundtables and summits.