Trump Signs Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure

Posted May 17, 2017

On May 11, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a long-delayed cybersecurity executive order that is expected to launch sweeping reviews of the federal government’s digital vulnerabilities and directs agencies to adopt specific security practices.
 
The directive is Trump’s first major action on cyber policy and sets the stage for the administration’s efforts to secure porous federal networks that have been repeatedly infiltrated by digital pranksters, cyber thieves and government-backed hackers from China and Russia.
 
While each department or agency is responsible for the cybersecurity of its networks, The Department of Homeland Security will lead the effort and ensure a baseline level of security across the civilian executive branch.
 

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