Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump's cybersecurity review misses deadline

Trump's cybersecurity review misses deadline

But Thursday was the 90-day mark and no plan has been presented.

Trump's promise to assemble the cybersecurity team came after he was briefed on cyberattacks from overseas, including those that the USA intelligence community has concluded were part of a Russian effort to influence the 2016 election.

In January, after meeting with leaders in the intelligence community during the presidential transition, Trump promised that he would "aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks" and "appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office".

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffTrump may miss deadline on Russia report Schiff: Dems failed to convey why Russian meddling matters Schiff advocates for NSA, Cyber Command split MORE (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a written statement it was "deeply distressing" that the president would "not only miss this deadline, but that the work has not even begun".

The White House insisted Thursday that a plan was in the works but did not offer any timetable for its release.

Regarding the deadline, a White House spokesperson did not say why it was missed, but told Politico the "president has appointed a diverse set of executives with both government and private sector expertise who now are working to deliver an initial cybersecurity plan through a joint effort between the National Security Council and the Office of American Innovation".

Separately, a spokesperson for the National Security Council denied to Politico any involvement in a new report, as did Rudy Giuliani - who is advising Trump on private sector cybersecurity issues. In a January 13 tweet, Trump repeated his pledge to "have a full report on hacking within 90 days". But on Wednesday, a NSC spokesperson told Politico that he was unaware if the NSC was in charge of compiling it, or if that responsibility fell to [Rudy Giuliani, who was tasked by Trump to build partnerships on cybersecurity with the private sector] - or if the report exists. "We operate these networks on behalf of the American people and they are very important", Trump said. Trump was set to sign a separate executive order on cyber that day, but abruptly pulled it without explanation, and since then, there's been confusion concerning who is supposed to be doing what.

This is hardly the first time the Trump administration has missed a deadline.

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