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Lawmakers Unveil Cyber Recommendations for Trump Administration

Magazine article Information Management

Lawmakers Unveil Cyber Recommendations for Trump Administration

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As reported on FCW.com, a cybersecurity task force issued a report with recommendations for the Trump administration on combatting cyber crimes and terrorism. The January 5 report, "From Awareness to Action: A Cybersecurity Agenda for the 45th President," suggests the administration reorganize oversight authorities, elevate the role of the White House cybersecurity coordinator, and clarify the cyber defense roles of civilian and military agencies.

According to the report, the most contentious issue was how to best protect the nation's critical infrastructure. In November, Trump suggested the Department of Defense (DoD) would develop a "comprehensive plan to protect America's vital infrastructure from cyberattacks," an authority that's now under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jurisdiction.

Task force Co-Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) believes that giving the authority to DoD would be a serious mistake.

"I don't believe the American people want to militarize our cyber defenses," he said. "We have civilian police officers, civilian FBI agents ... We don't have the military walking through the streets . …

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