Dems urge Trump to enact 'tough and smart' cyber policy

Dems urge Trump to enact 'tough and smart' cyber policy
© Greg Nash

A group of more than 30 Democratic lawmakers is urging President Trump to adopt "a tough and smart" policy on cybersecurity.

The lawmakers, members of The New Democrat Coalition, sent a letter to Trump this week "to highlight the importance of making smart cybersecurity investments, which will more than pay off in the long run."

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The letter pushes for increased spending on federal IT, academic research and curricula, and critical infrastructure security as well as a "strengthening" of public-private partnerships.

"The government’s protective capabilities are slowly improving, but not fast enough," the letter states.

"Many government systems still run on outdated systems such as the Windows XP operating system that Microsoft ceased supporting with upgrades and patches in 2014. With that in mind, the government is ill-suited to make regulatory demands on private industry regarding how to improve system security," it added.

The New Democrats' cybersecurity task force includes Reps. Derek KilmerDerek KilmerDemocrats press OPM on cyber hiring U.S. Economy, contractors, and American workers benefit from PLAs How Congress can reform campaign finance for the American people MORE (Wash.), Kathleen Rice (N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (N.J.).