- President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has not yet announced who will head U.S. cybersecurity efforts, according to a Reuters report.
- Current and former national security officials say the delay could make the United States more susceptible to cyberattacks.
- Former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-MI, the sole member of Trump’s transition team well-versed in cyber intelligence, parted with the Trump team Tuesday.
Forrester’s recent top cybersecurity risks for 2017 report projects the continuation of hostile foreign threats stemming from Russia and China, as well as threats from new actors such as North Korea and Iran. Such threats are worrisome and potentially disruptive to government and businesses alike, but Trump’s team has done little to allay concerns thus far.
With an increasing number of threats, businesses are often caught in the cross hairs, subject to cyberattacks that cause service interruptions or mass data breaches.
Trump previously called for the creation of a Cyber Review Team that could provide recommendations about how to safeguard "different entities with the best defense technologies tailored to the likely threats," according to his platform. Yet he has not revisited the idea post-election.
The administration will have to shape a cyber strategy and leadership soon rather than later. Prior to the election, Forrester predicted the incoming U.S. president could expect a cybercrisis of some variety within the first 100 days of his or her presidency.