Bossert declined to confirm a claim that federal computers are hit by tens of thousands of hacking attempts daily, but he acknowledged that attempted data break-ins – and successful intrusions – are on the rise.“The trend line is going in the wrong direction,” he told reporters. PT May 13: An earlier version of this report incorrectly referred to Chris Liddell as the former chief technology officer of Microsoft and GM.
Bossert said the measures build on the efforts made by the Obama administration.
President Donald Trump today signed a long-awaited executive order aimed at beefing up cybersecurity at federal government agencies – with a shift of computer capabilities to the cloud as a key part of the strategy.
“We’ve got to move to the cloud and try to protect ourselves instead of fracturing our security posture,” Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told reporters during a White House briefing.
And that’s something we can no longer abide.” He declined to say what type of cyber attack might constitute an act of war, other than to say that “if somebody does something to the United States of America that we can’t tolerate, we will act.” Trump was reportedly on the verge of signing an executive order on cybersecurity back in January, but held off.
Bossert said there was nothing unusual behind the delay.
“A lot of progress was made in the last administration, but not nearly enough,” he said.