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Rudy Guiliani Is Going to Start Advising Trump on Cybersecurity Issues

The former New York City mayor will act as an informal advisor and set up meetings between Trump and various execs to discuss cybersecurity challenges.

by Lauren Messman
Jan 12 2017, 5:13pm

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On Thursday, Donald Trump's transition team released a statement to announce that Rudy Guiliani will be acting as an informal advisor to the president-elect, offering insight on "private sector cybersecurity problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector," CNN reports.

The statement was relatively vague about Guiliani's new responsibilities, but did mention that he would be setting up some meetings between Trump and various private-sector executives so that they can talk about things like hacking, data theft, and information security. The statement points out, though, that participants aren't required to provide any specific recommendations for the government or a report of any kind.

"This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources," the transition team said. "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."

Trump vowed to make American cybersecurity a top priority after he met with US intelligence chiefs about the DNC hacks. Trump called the meeting "constructive," but ultimately does not believe the hacks were an attempt to influence the election, despite the findings of the report.

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