Trump's push for cyber defense is sorely needed, experts say

Trump vows to recruit top technology minds for a "hacking defense" report within 90 days after he takes office

By Michael Kan
Jan. 13, 2017


For too long, the White House has turned to lawyers and business executives on security, he said. Meanwhile, hackers have been able to breach networks through weak passwords, outdated operating systems and malicious emails, and all these attacks could have been prevented, he said.

“I don’t expect Trump to be a cybersecurity expert,” Pogue said. “But I expect him to get the right people in to do the job and to empower them on the strategy.”

U.S. government agencies, such as the Office of Personnel Management, have also been hacked in recent years, highlighting the need for Trump to bring in better expertise, Pogue said. 

"Heads are going to roll, but are we going to continue on the same path or are we going to fix it?" he asked. "I hope we choose the latter."

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