Donald Trump says cybersecurity is a national defense priority
“Hacking from both criminal enterprises and the governments of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran destabilize the economy and threaten the nation’s critical infrastructure, the document says. In response, ‘The United States will deter, defend, and when necessary defeat malicious actors who use cyberspace capabilities against the United States.’
While the document names the energy sector and other pieces of ‘critical infrastructure’ as potential targets of hackers and other kinds of attackers, there’s one word that doesn’t come up: elections. Under former President Barack Obama, the US Department of Homeland Security said it would classify elections as part of the country’s critical infrastructure and seek to help states and local governments keep hackers out of the voting process.