President Donald J. Trump’s desk will overflow with urgent policies on January 20, 2017. While many issues will be pressing, the need to secure a cyber foundation of infrastructure is, perhaps one of the most vital.
The Office of Cyber Security and Communications (CS&C), a division of Homeland Security, is absolutely essential. This program establishes processes that properly run our electric grid, defense systems, transportation infrastructures, financial institutes, health care divisions, and various other industries.
We use electronics every single day, and it’s no secret that during President Obama’s two terms in office, he failed to secure the U.S. cyber infrastructure. Given the growing need for functional wireless technologies, this has devastated our internal foundation.
Growing Cyber Attacks in America
Our need for technological services is ever growing as cyber attacks become more and more possible. Various substantial segments within the U.S. economy have already been harmed in recent years. Dozens of hackers are now capable of stealing millions of documents, or even the country’s most secure secrets.
Cyber architectures and advancing wireless technologies are evolving in an insurmountable way, necessitating that policy-makers line up the proper protections to keep America safe. Hopefully, President Trump can change this.
President Obama’s executive branch and corresponding agencies, failed to properly secure the nation’s infrastructure. Executive orders under this administration, related to cyber-security, lacked direction and seemed less of a priority than socialist agendas.
Hillary Clinton and WikiLeaks
Only with WikiLeaks releasing Hillary Clinton’s hidden email correspondences did Obama decide to issue Presidential Policy Directive 41, which called upon the FBI to step in and begin to handle cyber threats.
Lisa Monaco, of Homeland Security, said this was necessary “because it’s not always clear whether those responsive for a hacking incidents are other countries, terrorists, or criminals.”
This directive invited the FBI and other cyber provisions to “help answer a question heard too often from corporations and citizens alike. “In the wake of an attack, who do I call for help?” concluded Ms. Monaco.
President Trump’s Administration may be our last hope to properly protect the cyber infrastructure of the United States. An attack on our digitial systems could prove detrimental, as we continue to grow and prosper as a nation. Strength in leadership, will build the firewall we need to thwart those who intend to destroy.