Trump will face cybercrisis in first 100 days, Forrester predicts

A sophisticated cyberattack could inhibit the new President’s initial momentum for accomplishing important campaign issues, the analyst house said.
By Jessica Davis
02:24 PM
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If the cyberattacks perpetrated during the election cycle are any indication - DNC emails leaked, NSA exploit kits posted online and concerns the election itself would be attacked - the government is high on hackers’ hit lists. And research firm Forrester predicted that within the first 100 after taking the White House, President-elect Donald Trump will face a cybercrisis.

“The momentum of winning the election gives new presidents the public sponsorship to follow through on key initiatives of their campaigns. However, the 45th president will lose that momentum coming into office by finding themselves facing a cybersecurity incident,” the analyst firm wrote in a report.

The report was not targeting Trump specifically. Had she won, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton would have faced cyberthreats as well.

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Trump has remained vague on his cybersecurity views and plans. While the ‘Cybersecurity Vision’ posted on his website states his administration will begin by reviewing all government cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, an actual cybersecurity blueprint is missing.

“So we had to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare,” Trump said during the September debate. “It’s a huge problem … The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough and maybe it's hardly doable.”

Forrester also predicted more frequent healthcare breaches, which researchers said will become as common as past retail breaches with similar devastating consequences. What’s more, the firm suggested that a Fortune 1000 company will fail due to a cyberattack, which will cause the company to disappear through bankruptcy, acquisition or regulatory enforcement.

“I will say, we’re not doing the job we should be doing,” Trump said. “But that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better. And certainly cyber is one of them."


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