Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will act as an advisor to US President-elect Donald Trump on cybersecurity issues in the private sector, the President-elect's transition team announced Thursday.
According to a press release put out by the transition team, Giuliani will be sharing insight on cybersecurity problems facing the private sector, and on new solutions being developed to combat those problems. In essence, Giuliani will act as a liaison between Trump and the companies most involved in these issues.
One of the initial parts of Giuliani's role will be to help set up meetings between Trump and private sector businesses that have dealt with cybersecurity challenges similar to those that the US government is currently facing, the release said, listing issues like "hacking, intrusions, disruptions, manipulations, theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure."
The purpose of the meetings is to find out how the companies reacted to the challenges, and what they did in response to protect themselves. The press release noted that the meeting attendees may or may not change, but the meeting topics likely will.
"The answer to cybersecurity is going to be found in the private sector," Giuliani said in an interview with Fox News upon the announcement of his role. "The idea is to bring together corporate leaders and their technological people. The president will meet with them on an ongoing basis."
According to the release, Trump chose Giuliani because of his career in government and law enforcement, as well as his "now sixteen years of work providing security solutions in the private sector." Giuliani is the chairman of cybersecurity at Greenberg Traurig.
Giuliani's appointment comes shortly after a press conference where Trump said that the US government had "the worst" cybersecurity, and "is hacked by everybody." He also noted his belief that cybersecurity in the US is "run by people who don't know what they're doing," as CNET's Alfred Ng reported.
Trump's take on cybersecurity has come under increasing scrutiny following the release of a report from US intelligence agencies claiming Russian involvement in swaying the election.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will act as a liaison between US President-elect Donald Trump and private sector companies regarding cybersecurity efforts.
- Giuliani will help set up meetings between Trump and company leaders to discuss their approaches to cybersecurity.
- In a recent press conference, Trump was quoted as saying that the US government has "the worst" cybersecurity, and he promised to produce a hacking defense report.
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