WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to protect government computer networks and hold agency heads accountable on cyber security, amid allegations of Russian interference in the presidential election to influence its outcome.
The President also blamed the Democratic party for its failure to defend against alleged Russian government-backed hacking ahead of the crucial elections that brought him to power.
“We must defend and protect federal networks and data. We operate these networks on behalf of the American people and they are very important and very sacred,” Trump said at a meeting with cybersecurity experts.
“I will hold my cabinet secretaries and agency heads accountable, totally accountable for the cybersecurity of their organisation, of which we probably don’t have as much.
Certainly not as much as we should have,” Trump said.
The President’s push on cyber security follows allegations that Russian government “successfully” hacked the computers of Democratic party to influence the November presidential elections.