Listen Up, Mr. President

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Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani

Mere moments after Rudy Giuliani spoke at the Cybersecurity Conference at the Google headquarters conference room in DC on Tuesday, the media lit up with no-fake news that WikiLeaks purportedly revealed a trove of CIA documents.

No conspiracy theory here.  Just the facts.

Giuliani is an informal security advisor to the White House.  He is chair of cybersecurity, privacy and crisis management practice at Greenberg Trauig LLP.

As keynote speaker, Giuliani gave tips to some 350+ diplomats, foreign embassy staff, USA officials and corporate investors at the Cybersecurity Conference, sponsored by four countries, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

The Trump supporter also had a bit of advice for the President: ratchet up cybersecurity in government. Security intrusions, he said, is a “looming problem” 

Overall, the former New York City mayor gave this counsel and suggestions to the packed conference:

-- There never is 100 percent security. What is called the “Black Web” is where most cybercrime lurks.

-- All corporations and professional users of the internet should not totally depend on their in-house security folks.  He recommended that a couple of times a year, they should bring in outside security experts  --  a cyber doctor -- to test their systems and make them free of intrusions.  He compared this to a human who gets a medical checkup annually.

He advised that all personnel in a business, government and foreign entities should have thorough identification protection

“You don’t need to hack me” personally to breach my security network, said Giuliani.  Often, hackers start lower in the pyramid – such as secretaries -- then work their way up to get what and where they want.

Giuliani warily beckoned the group to “try to make a guess” what will happen five years from now in the rapidly changing realm of cyber-ism.  He shook his head and  indicated that nobody knows right now.

The one-day cybersecurity conference was sponsored by The Visegrad Four Countries, which jointly promote their businesses.