You’d be forgiven if the first thing you thought of at the mention of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was not “cybersecurity expert.”
But Donald Trump’s transition team announced Thursday morning that Giuliani would be advising the President-elect on that subject.
The former mayor, who was at one point in the running to be Trump’s secretary of state, told “Fox and Friends” that Trump wanted to put together a team of private sector leaders who could advise him on cyber-security issues. It seems Giuliani will be the man leading the charge to put that team together.
“Because we’re so far behind,” Giuliani said. “And, it’s his belief, which I share, a lot of the solutions are out there, we’re just not sharing them.”
Giuliani said that the team’s purpose will be to combat cyber attacks, bring the talents of private sector tech leaders to the government and foster a better relationship between the two. He said he wants America’s cybersecurity to be on par with that of other developed countries.
It was unclear which experts or executives would be brought in to advise Trump on the issue.
Trump has often talked about improving “the cyber,” and this plan seems on par with the plans for cybersecurity he discussed during the campaign. And for Giuliani, the job may be a dream come true: he discussed a desire to help with cybersecurity in the next administration, and earlier this year he became the global chair of the law firm Greenberg Traurig’s cybersecurity and crisis management practice.