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What to expect from the Trump administration on cybersecurity

Grant Gross | Feb. 23, 2017
The president may push to modernise the government's IT systems but also to pump up surveillance

One of the main cybersecurity issues going forward is Russian hacking and its impact on the presidential election, but that's a "tough issue" for Trump to tackle, Zheng said.

Trump should focus on encouraging agencies and companies to share cyberthreat information and on modernizing government IT systems, recommended Steve Grobman, CTO of Intel Security. The government's legacy IT systems "were not designed to make use of modern security best practices," he said.

To help with private-sector cybersecurity, Trump should look for ways to expand cybersecurity training programs, Grobman recommended.

And instead of regulations, Trump could look at tax breaks as a way to encourage companies to improve their cybersecurity, he added. "Positive incentives, rather than punitive regulations, will help produce real results," he said.

Grobman also called on the Trump administration to resist any urges to require encryption backdoors in tech products. Encryption backdoors in devices may prompt criminals to move to other encryption technologies that device makers have no control over, he said.

"We need to test whether we're solving the problem with the solution that's being recommended," he added.

 

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