Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will advise President-elect Donald Trump on cybersecurity issues, both Giuliani and the Trump transition team announced Thursday.
“President-elect Trump is very pleased to announce former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” said the Trump team press release.
Giuliani became a cybersecurity consultant after his move to the private sector.
His first job in the new role will be bringing together private-sector leaders to determine America’s state of security and varied steps being taken to improve it.
“Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now 16 years of work providing security solutions in the private sector,” the Trump team said.
Giuliani, speaking Thursday on Fox News’ Fox and Friends, said, “The president-elect decided that he wanted to bring in, on a regular basis, the people in the private sector — corporate leaders in particular and thought leaders in the private sector who are working on security for cyber because we’re so far behind.”
Giuliani said it is important to share what works.
“We’re so far behind and it’s his belief, which I share, that a lot of the solutions are out there, but we’re not sharing them,” said Giuliani.
“Like cancer, there is cancer research going on all over the place. You all wish they get together in one room, maybe we find a cure. My belief, as always, the answer to cybersecurity will be found in the private sector. That is where we have the great creativity.”
“I’ll coordinate the whole thing. I’ll get the people in, make sure the meeting takes place, make sure they get the information from the private sector,” he said.
Giuliani said America is playing catch-up.
“Here’s what happened to us: Acquisition of information got way ahead of our ability to defend it,” he said.
Giuliani said the committee will foster greater collaboration, which will benefit the public and private sectors.
“It will form a little more connection between these people who are doing cybersecurity so they can work with each other,” he said.
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