Former New York City Mayor Giuliani tapped as Trump’s cybersecurity advisor
Jan 13, 2017 07:40 AM EST
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team announced that former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani will serve as a cyber-security advisor to Trump once he takes office.
The CEO of Giuliani Partners, an international security consulting firm, will liaison between Trump administration and private companies that strive to combat cybercrimes. Although Trump's announcement did not define further details about Giuliani's roles, it is clear that he will be "sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning the private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions pertaining the problems."
The announcement appears to foreshadow some of the cyber security threats that Trump wants to address such as hacking, theft of data and identities, intrusions, disruptions, manipulations, and securing information technology infrastructure.
Giuliani told the reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan that he would be responsible for bringing corporate leaders to Trump and setting up meetings with him. "It's going to be my job to bring these people to the President so they can share their problems and solutions," Giuliani said.
Giuliani, who regards cyber-terrorism as a national security menace, believes that the attacks pose a key roadblock to technological inclines that can bring positive societal impact if dealt right with, especially in the healthcare sector.
"There is a tremendous societal cost and it comes about because we haven't developed security for the Internet, the cloud, the way we should," he told PCMag in 2012.
Given Trump's general skepticism in regard to Internet and computers, and Giuliani tendency of seeing much of the opposite; Giuliani's ability to leverage and bring change through his new appointed position remains unclear.