What Experts Think of Trumps Emerging Cybersecurity Plan

What security experts think.

Naked Security reached out to security experts for their initial take on the draft order.

Mike Bailey, a senior Red Team engineer at one of the world’s largest banks, said the plan is very ambitious, particularly the part consolidating complete oversight into one group.

It seems like a great idea, but as most things go in the government sector, it will more than likely just cause strife and infighting between agencies. Long overdue is the need to work with the commercial and private world to secure our nations IT infrastructures. As everyone in the industry is aware, the private sector is far outpacing government efforts, so I applaud the recognition of the need to reach out and work together.

As with most of the things this administration has done so far, Bailey said the plan is grandiose and disruptive, but that it appears some serious thought was put into it and that it will “hopefully have a bit of teeth”.

Lawrence M Walsh, CEO and chief analyst at New York-based business strategy firm the 2112 Group, said his concern is that this latest push for better cybersecurity will turn into another money grab where government agencies throw cash to companies that are eager to sell a product.

“Previous iterations of this approach resulted in a lot of money being spent and little improvement in government security posture,” Walsh said, adding that security without a defined goal, standards and plan will almost always come up short of expectations.

At the time of writing, there was no word on when President Trump would sign the order.

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