Rudy Giuliani to facilitate cybersecurity talks with Trump administration, private sector

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Despite the appointment-which comes with no title-Giuliani has said he will not resign from his role as chair of the global cyber security practice at Greenberg Traurig, nor from his post of CEO of Giuliani Partners, an worldwide security consulting firm, where he works directly for cyber-related clients.

Donald Trump's appointment of Rudy Giuliani as a cyber security advisor has been met with scepticism online, with some Twitter users questioning the ethics of his appointment and how tech savvy the former NY mayor actually is.

In order to better protect the USA on the cybersecurity front, the president-elect wants to "obtain experiential and anecdotal information from each executive on challenges faced by his/her company", highlighting the importance of the private sector in solving this issue.

Giuliani said on Thursday that "a lot of the solutions are out there, we're just not sharing them". The task force is given three months from Trump's inauguration to deliver a cybersecurity plan.

This job, however, allows Giuliani to straddle both worlds, as he'll be doing work for Trump, but also remain outside of government.

No mention was made of hacking in the public sector, or the cyber hacking by Russian operatives throughout the election season, exerting what intelligence agencies described as an "influence campaign" on United States democracy: peddling fake news and hiring online "trolls" to boost the image of Mr Trump compared to his rival Hillary Clinton.

"James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated".

Rudy Giuliani blasted CNN for reporting on an unsubstantiated document claiming that the Russian government has damaging information about Donald Trump.

"I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC [intelligence community]", Clapper said. "However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security". Giuliani broke the news during an early morning visit to Fox & Friends, which was followed by an official press release from the Trump transition team with additional details about what the working group will entail. "It's phony stuff", Trump said Wednesday.

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