One of the key national security issues to emerge during the 2016 U.S. presidential election was cyber security. As our world becomes more interconnected, the issue of online safety and security has never been more important. Throughout the presidential campaign, President Trump discussed the significance of cyber defense and possible U.S. weaknesses. He addressed some of the larger online security breaches in recent years, including eBay, J.P. Morgan Chase and Target. As the new President, President Trump has recently introduced his Cyber Security Policy to further address these issues.
Cyber Security Imperatives
Similar to provisions championed by former President Obama, President Trump has proposed additional changes to the current U.S. Cyber Security Policy. These changes include updating the government’s IT infrastructure. Trump and his advisers believe that using more updated technology will make it easier to protect against cyber attacks from foreign governments and other enemies. The executive order that would enact these provisions also accounts for oversight by both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Based on their recommendations, the Trump administration would take steps to better protect U.S. online assets from attack.
The Last Line of Defense
It is obvious that the government considers cyber security a key weakness of U.S. national security. The Trump administration believes it can best protect some of the U.S.’s most vulnerable entities by strengthening cyber security – such as the military, intelligence communities and other civilian organizations. It is easy to see the correlation between national security and cyber security. Trump’s Cyber Security Policy has not yet been signed, presumably in an effort to further flesh out its directives. Initial drafts of the policy raised questions relating to net neutrality and the proper procedure for escalating cyber security issues once they have been identified.
It’s Time for Cyber Security to Take Center Stage
Cyber security will continue to be a hot topic for lawmakers and the general public alike, as our capabilities grow and technology continues to evolve. The President has proven a willingness to draft and enforce sweeping changes when it appears national security is threatened. There is no reason to believe that his approach to cyber security will be any different.