3 Donald Trump quotes on cybersecurity

Republican Donald J. Trump, president-elect, has vowed to make cybersecurity one of his top priorities as president.

Here are three cybersecurity quotes from Mr. Trump:

At the fifth Republican primary debate in December 2015, Mr. Trump discussed his views on how to deter ISIS from recruiting through the Internet, as documented in Time:

"ISIS is using the Internet better than we are using the Internet and it was our idea. I want to get the brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places and figure out a way that ISIS can't do what they're doing. You talk freedom of speech, you talk freedom of anything you want, I don't want them using our Internet to take our young impressionable youth … I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody. I sure as hell don't want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our Internet."

During the first presidential debate in September 2016, Mr. Trump commented on the Democratic National Committee's email leak, as reported in the Washington Post:

"As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we're not. I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay? ... We came in with the Internet, we came up with the Internet, and I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what [the Islamic State] is doing with the Internet, they're beating us at our own game. ISIS.

"So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is — it is a huge problem. I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it's hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that's true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester, and certainly cyber is one of them."

At an event hosted by Retired American Warriors in October 2016, Mr. Trump spoke to why cybersecurity is one of his primary policy concerns, according to CBS News:

"Attacks like these are happening on a regular basis both in the United States and around the world. I will make certain that our military is the best in the world — in cyber offense and defense — and in every other way, by the way, every other way.

"The United States must possess unquestioned capacity to launch crippling counter-cyberattacks. This is the warfare of the future... America's dominance in this arena must be unquestioned and today, it's totally questioned."

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