Clinton Calls Cybersecurity ‘One of the Most Important Challenges’ for the Next President

February 3, 2016

Alyssa Canobbio

At the end of a get out the vote campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton was asked about her plans for protecting cyber security.

“It is one of the most important challenges the next president is going to face,” Clinton said.

Clinton said that the technology offenses conducted by hostile states have become more advanced. She named Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea as countries that are just going to accelerate their attacks on the cyber infrastructure of the United States.

“We first have to figure how to create what would be an understanding with these nations that we will not tolerate their cyber theft and their cyber evasiveness, and we certainly would never ever sit still for a cyber attack,” Clinton said.

Clinton also spoke of another level of cyber attackers that is made up of terrorist networks and hacker networks who have nothing to lose when they release a cyber attack. Clinton added that the US needs to work on both levels to prevent the attacks from happening and giving them the information that they want.

Clinton is known for having a private server during her time as secretary of state. In October, the AP reported that the private server made it more vulnerable to hackers.

Clinton’s private server is currently in the possession of the F.B.I. and she is under investigation for sending and receiving classified information.

In the latest batch of emails released by the State Department, 22 of the emails were designated Top Secret. Clinton denies that when the emails were generated that they contained top secret information and has demanded the State Department release them to the public.

The AP reported that during Clinton’s time at the State Department that it was one of the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks. The deteriorating situation continued well into when John Kerry took over.