Cybersecurity will remain a priority under the new Donald Trump administration although comments about mass surveillance and internet privacy during his campaign remain troubling among information security experts.
The reason that dramatic changes will not occur under the new administration is because fundamental vulnerabilities remain in both the public and private sectors, said Joram Borenstein, a vice president of marketing of NICE Actimize, a New York-based financial crimes software solutions provider.
"As a nation, we still have a long way to go in adjusting to this new warfare and until we do so, any administration is likely to support cyber defense at a minimum," he said.
During his campaign, Trump said "improving cybersecurity will be an immediate and top priority" for his administration, but has provided scant details since the election. The hardware and software products offered to both consumers and major industries will not prioritize security, increasing vulnerabilities to additional hacking, said Guillermo Christensen, an associate at Baker Botts, a Houston-based law firm and a former CIA intelligence officer and U.S. diplomat.
"Without a doubt, cybersecurity attacks will intrude on the Trump Administration's national security agenda in more critical ways than has been the case to date," he said. "The private sector, which effectively runs most of the cyber infrastructure, will continue to bear the brunt of the costs and complications from these attacks and threats."
The risks include ensuring the security of critical infrastructure such as electric grids, energy infrastructure and communications networks, Christensen said. The open economy in the U.S. increases the potential for more companies and people to be exposed to attacks.