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A New, More Aggressive U.S. Cybersecurity Policy Complements Traditional Methods

MIN READOct 5, 2018 | 10:00 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Jan. 31, 2017, White House meeting with cybersecurity experts.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Jan. 31, 2017, White House meeting with cybersecurity experts. Senior adviser Jared Kushner and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (now White House chief of staff) are also pictured. The Trump administration released a new National Cyber Strategy in September.

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The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump released its National Cyber Strategy on Sept. 20, which most notably indicated a greater willingness than before to conduct offensive cyber operations against adversaries. Discussing the strategy, national security adviser John Bolton hinted that the administration had already taken steps to bolster offensive efforts in recent weeks, warning that the United States is no longer just playing defense when it comes to cybersecurity. But despite the Trump administration's more hawkish tone regarding cybersecurity, it will continue mainly to rely on traditional measures such as the legal process, regulations and cooperation with the private sector when it comes to cybersecurity....

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