The „Trump Effect“ in IT
My work focus is Cyber Security and Business Resiliency. I work for a multi-national IT firm headquartered in the US.
Today I was asked by the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of one of my largest German customers, which has substantial operations in the US and other countries, „Since you are a US firm, how can you possibly guarantee that the Trump Administration can‘t force you to let them read our private critical data? How can you, a US firm, protect us against court orders from Trump-appointed judges that would be illegal in the EU, or cyber intrusions and attacks mounted by the US Government?”
This was, of course, an emotion-driven query, but it really took me aback. I have been in the IT industry for nearly 40 years, and have dealt with international businesses for most of my career. I have never, ever been asked a question like this before.
For nearly 70 years the US has enjoyed the reputation of being the world’s technology leader, the forefront of data protection and data privacy, and a perception of fairness in the rule of law as applied to businesses. The perceptions and reputation have been drastically undermined in just a few short years by Trumpism.
So now I have a customer who views my country as an enemy, and potentially capable of state-led Cyber Terrorism, thus putting us in the same category as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Sadly, he might not be wrong.