Trump Boosts U.S. Cyber Security, Making Moves Obama Wouldn’t

By NTK Staff | 08.18.2017 @5:02pm
Trump Boosts U.S. Cyber Security, Making Moves Obama Wouldn’t

The media narrative has centered on Trump's supposed 'weakness' on Russian hacking, but the president is upgrading U.S. cyber security measures.

According to a report from The Hill, President Trump has decided to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to its own entity, separating it from the National Security Agency:

President Trump announced Friday he is boosting U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command, triggering a review of whether it should separate from the National Security Agency.

Speculation has swirled for months that Trump could elevate the command, a move that was also considered by the Obama administration.

It’s a sign of the organization’s growing significance in an era when cyber warfare has become the norm.

The Obama administration, per the report, considered the move, but decided against promoting cybersecurity as a national security priority. Support came from congressional hawks like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

However, the decision came back to bite the Obama administration when the Russian government launched a cyber election interference campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump has been accused of not seriously considering the cyber threat to the United States, given his equivocation over the Russian interference. But his most recent move indicates that the president is taking the danger much more seriously than the Obama White House.

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