Trump Promises Immediate Action on Cybersecurity

Donald Trump today promised immediate action on cybersecurity during a speech and Q&A session delivered at the Retired American Warriors PAC event in Herndon, Virginia. He said one of his first actions will be “to order a thorough review of our cyber defenses and weaknesses, including all vital infrastructure.” Trump said cyber theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. Cyber attacks by foreign governments, terrorist groups and common criminals “constitute one of our most critical national security concerns,” he said.

“Hillary Clinton’s only experience in cybersecurity involves her criminal scheme to violate federal law, engineering a massive cover-up, and putting the entire nation in harm’s way. The fact that a former Senator and Secretary of State claimed not to know what the letter “C” means is just one more example of why she’s unfit to hold public office.” Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has called the Clinton Foundation a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization, a reference to the RICO Statute.

In three major cyber attacks, 73 million emails were stolen from JP Morgan Chase, 150 million passwords from eBay, and 40 million credit card numbers from Target. Hackers obtained the identities of 20 million people who had FBI background checks done. Cyber crimes include identity theft, money laundering, and ransom ware. He said cyber criminals left unchecked could grow into a nationwide problem like the Mafia did, when it infiltrated legitimate areas of society.

Trump said he would “instruct the Department of Justice to create Joint Task Forces throughout the United States to work together with Federal, State, and local law enforcement authorities and international law enforcement to crush” cyber crimes.

“I will make certain that our military is the best in the world in both cyber offense and defense. I will also ask my Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs to present recommendations for strengthening and augmenting our Cyber Command.”

Trump said he would create a cyber review team to focus on “the various methods of internal monitoring, attack and penetration, investigation of suspected hackers or rogue employees, and identity protection for government employees.” The team is to stay current on methods of attack and defense. The cyber review team would “set up protocols for each agency and government officials, requiring them to follow best practices,” and train government employees.

Trump said those who violate classification rules should be prosecuted and he would appoint a new Attorney General to reform the Department of Justice.

He issued a complete transcript of this speech as a press release.

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