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Bossert: Trump Admin Will Be Rewriting Obama's Cyber Plans

Bossert: Trump Admin Will Be Rewriting Obama's Cyber Plans
White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:05 PM

The Trump administration is planning to write a new cybersecurity strategy that will likely replace a number of Obama-era plans, Defense One reported.

There is no timeframe for when the new strategy will go into place, but it will follow the outlines laid out in President Donald Trump's cybersecurity executive order signed last May, White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said at a cybersecurity conference Tuesday, per Defense One.

"As soon as we're prepared to put forward a strategy that will be beneficial to the government and the nation, we'll do so," Bossert reportedly said.

According to Defense One, Bossert said the strategy will probably be broken into three components: improving the security of federal government computer networks; using government resources to better secure hospitals, banks, financial firms, and other critical infrastructure; and establishing cyberspace norms of good behavior — and punishing behavior that runs counter to that.

The Obama administration launched its cyberspace policy review early in 2009 and released a slew of plans and strategies, including 2011 plans for both international strategy and a national action plan.

Bossert said it is expected cyberspace plans change with time, and said the Trump administration strategies will be scrapped or adjusted every few years, the outlet reported.

He also pushed back at complaints from Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and others that White House cybersecurity adviser Rob Joyce did not testify at a recent hearing on cross-government cybersecurity.

McCain left an empty chair at the witness table to symbolize the absence, which senators of both parties frequently addressed during the hearing, according to Defense One.

"While I have a great deal of respect for Sen. McCain and for the institution of Congress, I felt that empty chair stunt was cheap and beneath him," Bossert said, Defense One reported.

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President Donald Trump's cybersecurity executive order signed last May has led to the writing of a new cybersecurity strategy that will likely replace a number of Obama-era plans, White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said Tuesday, per Defense One.
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