Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got? | 4/21/2017 | Staff
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Analysis On January 6, president-elect Donald Trump had a meeting with the heads of the intelligence services and came out with one action point: cybersecurity.

"Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks," an official statement read. "I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm."

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A week later, he named former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as his cybersecurity tsar (despite a total lack of relevant experience). Two weeks later he became president of the United States; 90 days later is today. So where is the cybersecurity team and plan?

It's hard to tell, but based on some shoe-leather reporting by Politico the answer seems to be: absolutely nowhere.

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The cybersecurity focus did seem to be there at the start of the Trump presidency. Only a week after taking office, a draft cybersecurity executive order was leaked to the Washington Post.

That order largely followed the Obama Administration's view of cyberspace: it's a vital national resource and a source of economic value and the government should actively ensure its security.

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Where it differed was that it took a more authoritarian view of the internet and suggested new legal powers would be given to government agencies over what is overwhelmingly a privately owned network.

Critically, the leaked order called for a report within 60 days to provide the president with recommendations – a timeline that fitted closely with his 90-day promise, given the time taken to approve an executive order and sign it.

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Things then sped up rapidly: just four days later, on a Tuesday, the entire day at the White House became built around...
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