US-Russia Cybersecurity Unit? On Second Thought…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the potential formation of an "impenetrable" cybersecurity unit, according to a tweet published yesterday by Trump.

In the tweet, Trump indicated the U.S.-Russia cybersecurity unit would ensure "election hacking many other negative things  be guarded."

However, Trump tweeted several hours later that he does not believe the formation of a U.S.-Russia cybersecurity unit can happen.

"The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen. It can't-but a ceasefire can,& did!" Trump tweeted.

Trump met with Putin for the first time at last week's G-20 Summit in Germany, according to CNBC.

As part of the meeting, Trump and Putin reportedly discussed allegations that Russia interfered with the U.S. election last year, including through hacking, CNBC stated.

Is a US-Russia Cybersecurity Unit a Realistic Possibility?

Many U.S. leaders appear divided about the possibility of a U.S.-Russia cybersecurity unit.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuch recently defended Trump's cybersecurity plan, noting it represents a "very significant accomplishment" for the president, CNBC reported.

"What we want to make sure is that we coordinate with Russia, that we're focused on cybersecurity together that we make sure they never interfere in any democratic elections," Mnuch said on ABC talk show "This Week."

Comparatively, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voiced disapproval for the proposed cybersecurity unit, according to NBC News.

"It's not the dumbest idea I've ever heard, but it's pretty close," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

For now, even Trump seems to be backing away from the concept...

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.