Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to chair White House cybersecurity committee

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, has been given a new role by President-elect Donald J. Trump: heading a White House committee of private-sector cybersecurity experts.

Appearing on Fox News to announce his appointment, Mr. Giuliani said: “The idea here is to bring together corporate leaders and their technological people. The president will meet with them on an ongoing basis as well as anyone else in the administration. […] I’ll coordinate the whole thing.”

Mr. Trump’s transition team commented:

As the use of modern communications and technology has moved forward at unparalleled speed the necessary defenses have lagged behind. The President-elect recognizes that this needs immediate attention and input from private sector leaders to help the government plan to make us more secure.

Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now sixteen years of work providing security solutions in the private sector.

According to the International Business Times, however, the appointment has “bewildered the tech world”, while the website of Mr. Giuliani’s consultancy firm, giulianisecurity.com, has been attracting widespread derision for, ironically, being easily hackable. At the time of writing the website appears to have disappeared altogether.

With only days to go until Mr. Trump’s inauguration, there shouldn’t be much longer to wait to see how the new administration’s cybersecurity plans develop. Until then, there’s a host of federal, sectoral, and state cybersecurity laws and regulations that organizations need to comply with.

For example, comments have now closed on a new set of federal cyber risk management standards for the financial sector, which appear to be broadly similar to the Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies recently proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Covered entities must submit an annual written certification to the superintendent of financial services to demonstrate their compliance with the regulation, commencing February 15, 2018. The new regulation presents challenges for most organizations, and will require a complete assessment of operational and technical systems.

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