Being too busy with the offline foreign affairs and the North Korean threat, the POTUS Donald Trump doesn’t seem to have time to worry for the possible cybersecurity threats.
His National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) has given him a failing grade on cybersecurity, or at least more than a third of them.
Because of Trump’s “disregard for the security of American communities”, as they’ve stated, the group reduced by 8 members last week, when they submitted their resignation letters as an act of protest.
The resignation letters state that the Trump administration is not “adequately attentive to the pressing national security matters within the NIAC’s purview,” and that Trump has paid “insufficient attention to the growing threats to the cybersecurity of the critical systems upon which all Americans depend, including those impacting the systems supporting our democratic election process”.
Right after his inauguration Trump was expected to sign an executive order on cybersecurity. But that was canceled and instead a 90-day deadline to unveil a tough new cybersecurity plan for the federal government was promised.
But after the 90 days, he just hired Robert Joyce as his White House cybersecurity coordinator and his executive order was delayed until May 11 when it was signed and it instructed federal agencies to implement the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure.
On the other hand, he was very fast in deciding when Consumer Online Privacy was in question. The US citizens online privacy took a step backwards in early April 2017 when he signed a bill into law that overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s planned internet privacy protection.
Now, internet service providers, like Verizon and Comcast, are allowed to track and sell consumers’ online information to third parties with greater ease.
This bill and the following law were highly disputed in the media and among privacy advocates.
The law, along with Trump’s indifference in the possible cybersecurity threats has resulted in more recent high profile-hacks, privacy breaches and the threat of increased government surveillance and has been a concern among Americans around their own cybersecurity and internet privacy.
Americans More Worried Than last year
According to a recent AnchorFree survey, 90% Americans say that Internet access needs to be safe and secure for all Americans.
But, being aware 7 out of 10 of them are protecting their online privacy more than a year ago, however they are employing the fundamentals of online privacy protection – changing passwords, avoiding suspicious emails – but only a small number are taking advantage of more powerful, sophisticated online privacy protections.
Only 1 in 4 Americans says “I am responsible” for ensuring safe and secure internet access, the other 42 and 41% think that the Federal government or the Network providers should be responsible, accordingly.
Not only Americans, but everyone else, shouldn’t wait for the government or the service providers to be responsible for their online privacy and cyber security.
They ought to take their cyber security in their own hands and take the advantage of more powerful, sophisticated online privacy protections, like encrypted services.
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