On Thursday, the President-elect’s transition team announced that Donald Trump offered an informal cybersecurity role to former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The 72-year-old businessman is the head of cybersecurity at the consulting firm “Giuliani Partners” and has been a loyal Trump supporter throughout his Presidential campaign. Giuliani was a top contender to be Secretary of State before he pulled himself out of the running citing business conflicts as the reason.
Giuliani’s responsibility in the new role will be to assemble cybersecurity meetings with top corporate executives who have experienced cybersecurity challenges and advise the new administration on possible responses. Giuliani “will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cybersecurity problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” the transition team stated.
The Trump transition team made clear that while the former New York mayor would be organizing the meetings, “no consensus advice or recommendations resulting from group deliberations or interaction is expected or will be solicited.”
“This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources,” the team said in a statement. “Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now sixteen years of work providing security solutions in the private sector.”
“The attendees may or may not change from session to session, but the specific agenda subjects will likely change because of the rapidly evolving field of cyber security, and frequent developments, both positive and negative,” the transition added.