President Donald Trump has delayed signing an executive order that pertains to U.S. cybersecurity policy.
At the same time, he announced a short term resolution he believes will be effective in protecting the government from cyber threats.
According to PCWorld, the executive order would give the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security 60 days to submit ideas that could help protect the U.S. government and private networks. However, Trump canceled the signing of the order on Tuesday and said he will hold department heads accountable for the security of their own organizations.
“Despite how they spent hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars more money than we did, the Democratic National Committee was hacked successfully, very successfully, and terribly successfully,” Trump said in a brief press conference on Tuesday. “And the Republican National Committee was not hacked. Meaning it was hacked, but they failed. We had a very strong defense system against hacking.”
Trump assigned Rudy Guliani as a leader in cybersecurity policy.
“One of the dangers we face is cybersecurity and a large part of our country, unlike other countries, are made up of the private sector,” said Guliani. “The private sector is wide open to hacking, and sometimes by hacking the private sector you can get into government.”
Trump said the cybersecurity plan will protect power plants, electrical grids as well as the military.
“We must protect federal networks and data,” Trump added. “We operate these networks on behalf of the American people and they are very important. We will empower these agencies to modernize their IT systems for better security and other uses.”
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