President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani to advise him on how to improve cybersecurity in the U.S. private sector.
On Jan. 12, the Trump transition team announced that Giuliani would serve as a White House adviser on cybersecurity, coordinating efforts to bolster defenses of the U.S. government and businesses against espionage, The Daily Caller reports.
In an official statement, the Trump transition team announced that Giuliani will "be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cybersecurity problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector."
In addition to offering counsel on cybersecurity in the private sector, Giuliani will join Trump in "hosting a series of meeting with senior corporate executives from companies which have faced or are facing challenges similar to those facing the government and public entities today, such as hacking, intrusions … theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure."
Giuliani is currently the chairman and CEO of his own management consulting practice, Giuliani Partners, and the chairman of global cybersecurity practice for law firm Greenberg Traurig.
The Trump transition team described cyber intrusion as a fast-growing crime that deserves an urgent response, citing the epidemic of identity theft and the stealing of company data.
"It is also a major threat to our national security," the transition team concluded.
Giuliani had previously been rumored to be a top contender for the position of secretary of state but publicly withdrew himself from contention in December 2016.
An anonymous source from the White House transition team had asserted that Giuliani fell out of favor for the nomination after Trump decided that the former mayor lacked the stamina necessary for the job. Giuliani has denied that version of events, according to the New York Post.
On Dec. 21, 2016, Giuliani asserted Trump had offered him several Cabinet positions but that he was unwilling to settle for anything less than secretary of state.
"He offered me jobs that probably at different points in my life I would've taken in a minute," Giuliani told Fox News' Fox and Friends. "I've got a big law firm, I've got a big consulting firm, I am extremely busy, and at 72 years old there was only one challenge I felt that was left for me. The others wouldn't have been a challenge."
It would appear that Giuliani now believes that improving cybersecurity in the United States will be a suitable challenge.