Trump Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Federal agency heads required to follow NIST cybersecurity framework

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Thursday calling for enhanced cybersecurity at the national level and more support for a skilled cybersecurity workforce.

“The executive branch operates its information technology (IT) on behalf of the American people,” Trump wrote in the order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. “The president will hold heads of executive departments and agencies (agency heads) accountable for managing cybersecurity risk to their enterprises.”

Furthermore, “because risk management decisions made by agency heads can affect the risk to the executive branch as a whole, and to national security, it is also the policy of the United States to manage cybersecurity risk as an executive branch enterprise.”  MORE