Donald Trump could become the next President of the United States. If and when he does, the subject of cybersecurity and the widening scale of cyberattacks will firmly be on the agenda. So what does Trump have to say about a subject that requires a certain understanding and nuance?
Donald Trump, now officially the Republican candidate for the Presidency ahead of the 2016 US Presidential elections, will have to tackle issues such as cybersecurity and the increasing number of cyberattacks from hackers beyond his shores, state-sponsored or otherwise.
In a telling interview with the New York Times, Trump inadvertently revealed his true grasp of cybersecurity while outlining his plan on dealing with cyberespionage and cyberattacks.
As a precursor, Trump is not big on computers, or even email for that matter. In 2007, he had revealed that he had no home or office computer. “I don’t do the email thing,” Trump stated at the time, revealing that his secretary generally typed letters on his behalf.
As a modern businessman and a prolific Twitter user, it would be easy to assume that Trump often gets on a laptop or a tablet to check on emails while following up with business deals. Not quite.
Under questioning in 2013, Trump still didn’t see much use for email. “Very rarely, but I use it,” Trump had said.
So, what does a man who isn’t entirely tech-saavy have to say about the ever-looming threat of cyberattacks, the kind that has already compromised the details of millions of Americans?
It isn’t entirely clear what his take on cybersecurity is and arguably, Trump doesn’t either.
Here is the excerpt from the full interview, published today, between David E. Sanger of the NYT and Donald Trump.
SANGER: You’ve seen several of those countries come under cyberattack, things that are short of war, clearly appear to be coming from Russia.
TRUMP: Well, we’re under cyberattack.
SANGER: We’re under regular cyberattack. Would you use cyberweapons before you used military force?
TRUMP: Cyber is absolutely a thing of the future and the present. Look, we’re under cyberattack, forget about them. And we don’t even know where it’s coming from.
SANGER: Some days we do, and some days we don’t.
TRUMP: Because we’re obsolete. Right now, Russia and China in particular and other places.
SANGER: Would you support the United States’ not only developing as we are but fielding cyberweapons as an alternative?
TRUMP: Yes. I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future.
There we are. To sum up:
- Trump states he knows about cyberattacks while stating he doesn’t know where they are coming from.
- “Cyber” is a thing of the future and the present, according to Trump..
- He’s a big fan of the future, which “cyber” is.
Apparently, it’s all about the ‘cybers’.
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