Did the Trump administration have a cybersecurity strategy, or was it hell-bent on dismantling years of consensus-building on how the nation should respond to an existential threat to its digital life blood? Based on insider accounts and exclusive interviews with experts, Cyber in the Age of Trump offers a first-time chronicle and analysis of the Trump administration's approach to cybersecurity, its curious decisions and strategic choices, places where its work has earned applause, and the places where cyber pros see major signs of danger. The new administration came in with a strong faith in technology, a sense that the U.S. could better deploy its cyber weaponry to deter foes, and a willingness to continue popular Obama-era policies on collaborating with industry. But it didn't seem to have a cyber vision, or one that was applied consistently. And in the absence of such a strategic overview, the threat to the nation would only grow. Cyber in the Age of Trump is the first book to examine the impact of President Trump on the nation's greatest long-term strategic challenge and how a disruptor presidency has upended consensus and threatened to derail cyber policy.
A masterful must read for anyone trying to decipher what's actually happening in the Trump administration. Charlie Mitchell has written a comprehensive and compelling narrative through the voices of the who's who in the cyber community. In Cyber in the Age of Trump, he captured the efforts of dedicated professionals who are tirelessly working to enhance and advance our security posture despite the void of leadership from the White House and connected decisions with impacts and highlighted how difficult the coming years will be, thus underscoring the need for consistent and stable leadership.--Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies; former cyber advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama A well researched and documented analysis. Charlie Mitchell is on the front lines of cybersecurity journalism with real-time insights. This is a must read if you care about twenty-first century national security against twenty-first century technology.--Tom Wheeler, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission