Cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for the administration of Donald Trump. The first task should be shoring up government IT systems. As recent attacks have shown, adversaries aren’t afraid to go after political organizations. There’s no reason to suspect they won’t continue to target political entities such as the Democratic National Committee or step up attacks on government agencies.
Ideally, a cabinet meeting for all new secretaries should be held within three months of the inauguration to underscore that information security is essential for all agencies to complete their missions. Even secretaries whose agencies are not typically associated with either information security or IT need to be included.
All government agencies use computers, mobile devices, cloud services and other technology, giving the bad guys many avenues for carrying out an attack. President Trump must emphasize that cybersecurity has major national security implications and impacts all government organizations and all Americans.