On May 11, the Trump administration released the long-delayed Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The order calls for government agencies to follow best cybersecurity practices and holds agency leaders accountable for security breaches.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly spoke about DHS’s cybersecurity efforts and the new executive order, saying “DHS has long been a leader in protecting our nation against cyber threats and this executive order reaffirms our central role in ongoing cybersecurity efforts.” While other government agencies are responsible for the cybersecurity of their networks, the executive order build’s on DHS’s legal authorities and directs DHS to lead efforts to ensure a baseline of security across the civilian executive branch.
The executive order calls on DHS to coordinate with other departments and agencies to protect critical infrastructure that is vulnerable to cyber attacks, including commerce, communications, defense industry, and the electric grid. The order also promotes “an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet,” directing interagency teams to report on options for protecting the American people from cyber threats and develop an international cybersecurity engagement strategy.
For more information about this Executive Order, please follow the links below.
Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, The White House
President’s Executive Order Will Strengthen Cybersecurity for Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, Department of Homeland Security
Trump Releases Long-Delayed Cyber Order, Nextgov