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The US President Elect needs a specialist to advise on cybersecurity, according to national commission
President Elect Donald Trump should appoint a cybersecurity ambassador to ensure threats to the country are kept at bay, according to a new report.
The cybersecurity ambassador’s role would be to come up with global rules that would align the world’s efforts to stamp out cyber attacks.
The 100-page document was created by the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which puts forward an argument for tightening the US’s security to prevent hacks and other digital crimes that could put the country’s security at risk.
However, none of the points made in the report will be implemented by Obama, but will be put to President Elect Trump to consider.
“Now it is time for the next administration to take up this charge and ensure that cyberspace can continue to be the driver for prosperity, innovation, and change both in the United States and around the world,’’ Obama advised Trump.
However, the report presents recommendations for the incoming president, rather than being an order from the current leader, meaning Trump doesn’t have to act on any of the 16 recommendations if he feels they’re not appropriate.
The Commission’s purpose is to take away the responsibility of cybersecurity from the general public, taking a “top-down” approach instead. It suggests the most effective method for ensuring people are being more secure is by advising businesses to make cybersecurity more watertight, which it hopes will filter down to the masses.
One of its key targets is to eliminate identity theft by 2021, which critics think will be a mammoth task, requiring the expertise of 100,000 cybersecurity experts to successfully be reached.
Although Trump hasn’t explained his plans for fighting cybercrime, part of his manifesto was to introduce a cyber review team to assess whether the US was cybersecure.