Executive order on Cybersecurity

Federal Government -- May 11, 2017

This executive order addresses cybersecurity for the federal government, critical infrastructure, and for the nation as a whole. Overall, the order shares continuities with both the Bush and Obama administrations’ efforts to modernize U.S. cybersecurity.

Regarding federal networks, the “President will hold heads of executive departments and agencies (agency heads) accountable for managing cybersecurity risk to their enterprises.” Because this shifts ultimate responsibility for cybersecurity up to the agency heads, it should incentivize each agency to give these issues high priority. The president has also ordered that agencies immediately begin using the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and each agency must issue a report within 90 days detailing their plans to implement this framework.

In addition, the order calls for several reports to be submitted to the president with cybersecurity policy recommendations regarding critical infrastructure, deterring adversaries and protecting the U.S. from cyber threats, international cooperation, and workforce development.

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