The cybersecurity industry is in an unprecedented state of flux.
It’s difficult to measure how much damage the attacks and cyberattacks will do to the cybersecurity of American businesses.
But as more companies and organizations take steps to protect themselves, some cybersecurity experts worry that some companies will simply be able to take a back seat to other firms.
It will be up to the public to determine how much and how quickly cyberattacks hurt businesses, said Bruce Schneier, a security expert and former director of the Chaos Computer Club.
The cybersecurity industry has been in a crisis since January 2018, when a group of Russian hackers, claiming to be working for the Russian government, hacked into several U.S. government websites and stole confidential information from the Office of Personnel Management.
That incident prompted the Trump administration to launch an investigation into the cyberattack.
As the Trump White House grapples with cybersecurity threats, companies have been scrambling to adapt and protect themselves.
The Trump administration announced in April that it will allow cybersecurity firms to provide cybersecurity training to all federal employees, and in December it granted the American Bankers Association a waiver to offer cybersecurity training for its employees.
“As we head into the first year of this administration, it’s a time for us to take stock of how to protect the public,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during a Senate panel on Tuesday.
“The Trump administration has been slow to acknowledge the threat of cyberattacks and is not taking cybersecurity seriously enough.
We have to do a better job of communicating this to the American people and to the Congress.”
“I think that is a big challenge, because people don’t realize that the threat is much bigger than just this election year,” said Mark Schierbecker, a cybersecurity expert and CEO of the cybersecurity firm McAfee.
“What they are going to be dealing with are not just the political situation, but a variety of other issues that are going on in their lives, such as the economy, health care, and so on.”
Schierbegger said that some businesses are trying to “solve the problem with the best they can” while others are struggling to figure out how to handle the threat.
President Trump has expressed support for cybersecurity and praised companies such as Lockheed Martin for their efforts to protect their networks.
Mnuchin also touted the efforts of private companies such Google, Facebook, and Amazon to improve cybersecurity, but said the federal government needs to do more.
“It’s clear to me that cybersecurity is the No. 1 cybersecurity issue of our time, and we need to make sure that the federal workforce is ready for that, and that the private sector is prepared to respond to that,” he said.
There are other concerns.
McAfee has warned that the Trump presidency could affect its business, as well as the federal budget.
In addition, some federal agencies, such the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are in turmoil because of Trump’s administration.
Some lawmakers are concerned that the new administration will undermine cybersecurity standards.
Security firm Symantec said in January that Trump’s election-year actions would make cybersecurity a “significant and persistent challenge.”
Schierbenke said that it’s “not going to make much difference to business if Trump or any future administration does not have a clear agenda and is more focused on trying to sabotage businesses.”
He said he hopes that the cyberattacks on businesses in the next year will provide a wake-up call for lawmakers to focus on cybersecurity instead of focusing on politics.
What are the latest threats?
While there are numerous cybersecurity threats on the horizon, most of them have been around for a while.
A report from the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (CISA) in March found that hackers have been targeting government websites since 2015.
Another cybersecurity report by the National Security Agency (NSA) found that cyberattacks were used to compromise government networks since 2013.
Cybersecurity experts say that the focus of the government is on getting cyberattacks stopped, but that the impact of those attacks will be felt across the economy.
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had found two additional “stolen identities” associated with Russian hackers.
However, cybersecurity experts say the recent attacks on U.K. government sites will not be enough to slow down the trend of cyber attacks.
Hackers have also used other methods to target government sites, such cyberstalking, or spreading false information about companies, such a phishing attack or social engineering.
Last month, a cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After the DNC attack, Democratic National Chair Donna Brazile said that the DNC had lost its “core competency” and that her organization “was unable to protect our infrastructure or our data.”
The Democratic National Convention in July was attacked by a group known as