January 12, 2017–Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was named today as a cybersecurity adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump. Mr. Giuliani told reporters he would be performing his new role “as a private citizen . . . on my own time” and would remain chairman of the cybersecurity, privacy, and crisis management practice at Greenberg Traurig and would continue running his own security consultancy, Giuliani Partners.
“My job is going to be to find the corporate leaders, people who are working on real solutions, and from time to time, set up meetings with the president and whomever else he wants, so that they can give him the benefit of what they’re doing,” Mr. Giuliani said.
Mr. 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,” the Trump transition team said.
“From time to time, because of the changing nature of this problem, it is contemplated that the president-elect will be hosting a series of meetings 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, disruptions, manipulations, theft of data and identities, and securing information technology infrastructure,” the transition team said.
Mr. Giuliani was mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001 and before that was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. – Tom Leithauser, email@example.com