Wednesday: President-Elect Donald Trump gives a press conference. Inevitably, “the cyber” comes up:
“We had much hacking going on. And one of the things we’re gonna do, we have some of the greatest computer minds anywhere in the world that we’ve assembled. You saw just a sample of it two weeks ago up here where we had the six top people in the world — they were never in the same room together as a group. And we’re gonna put those minds together and we’re going to form a defense.”
Thursday am: It’s announced that Rudy Giuliani is heading-up a cybersecurity team for the President-Elect. Giuliani described the challenge as follows:
“It’s his belief, which I share, that a lot of the solutions are out there, we’re just not sharing them. It’s like cancer. You know, there’s cancer research going on all over the place — you’d almost wish they’d get together in one room and maybe we’d find a cure.”
Thursday pm: Security experts on Twitter visit the website of Rudy Giuliani’s cybersecurity company, giulianisecurity.com, and find it woefully lacking.
Oh, people are already poking it. pic.twitter.com/pxoi2M7HFU
— Kevin Beaumont 🤗 (@GossiTheDog) January 13, 2017
You don’t need to bring the world’s greatest computer minds together in the same room to know that it’s a good idea to keep your web server software properly patched.
None of us should feel too smug, of course. Vulnerabilities are found all the time in company websites, and we all need to up our game to make sure that our own systems have not been properly protected or received the latest update.
But these are the kind of issues that any self-respecting IT guy would have found in a short period of time, and certainly should have been addressed before someone is named as leading the United States’s fight against hackers.