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Meaghan Pedati Pens Column Forecasting Trump Cybersecurity Plan

November 23, 2016

In a Nov. 16 column she authored for Law360, Washington, D.C., associate Meaghan Pedati predicts a strong pro-law enforcement approach to cybersecurity and data privacy issues under President-elect Donald Trump.

Pedati, a member of the firm’s data privacy and security team, notes in her analysis, “Cybersecurity Forecast: Trump’s ‘Warfare of the Future’ Plans,” that even though candidate Trump never provided a detailed cybersecurity plan, his transition website and his choice of advisers provide strong indicators of his intent.

Trump’s website, Pedati explains, prescribes both strong defensive capabilities to thwart cyberattacks and offensive cyber capabilities to deter attacks by state-sponsored and non-state adversaries. She also cites Trump’s pledge during the campaign and in his Nov. 9 election acceptance speech to significantly upgrade and secure the nation’s infrastructure, especially as it relates to cybersecurity.

Pedati notes Trump’s partnerships with figures, inside and outside of politics, who have substantial cybersecurity experience, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Giuliani founded a security consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, in 2001 after his mayoral term ended, and Pence, as Indiana’s governor, formed the Indiana State Executive Council on Cybersecurity, a “comprehensive partnership charged with enhancing Indiana’s ability to prevent, respond to and recover from all types of cybersecurity issues.”

In addition, Pedati points to private-sector support for Trump from Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and an early Facebook investor, and the expertise he would lend the Trump administration about emerging technologies and cybersecurity risks.

Pedati’s column can also be read on McGuireWoods’ Password Protected blog.