The order marks the first action Trump has taken to address cybersecurity, which he has referred to as a top priority for the country.
“We’ve got to move to the cloud and try to protect ourselves instead of fracturing our security posture”, Bossert said.
The executive order signed by Trump not only intends to the usa government’s cyber security, but it also seeks to protect critical infrastructure, such as the energy grid and financial sector, from cyber attacks.
“Getting the government’s own cyber house in order is job one, and holding agency and department heads accountable is key”, said Steve Grobman, senior vice president and chief technology officer at McAfee, the computer security giant in Santa Clara, California.
The executive order is aimed at improving the network security of USA government agencies, which have been the target of hackers, who have stolen millions of personal records and other forms of sensitive data in recent years.
When asked if the Russian hack is an impetus for the executive order, Bossert said, “The Russians are not our only adversary on the Internet, and the Russians are not the only people that operate in a negative way on the Internet”.
“The Russians are not our only adversary on the internet”, Bossert said”.
Directing DHS and other agencies to provide the president with a report within 90 days on the technical feasibility to transition all agencies to one or more consolidated network architectures and shared IT services.
Department of Homeland Security advisor Tom Bossert, who spoke to reporters Thursday about the executive order ahead of its release, dismissed questions over why the order had been repeatedly delayed.
In the third part of the cybersecurity executive order, Trump is calling for developing a set of policies to protect U.S. consumers on the internet.
The Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have a similar period to review the resilience of the nation’s military and industrial base to attack. But the president ultimately blew that deadline, a misstep that generated enormous criticism given that Trump had discussed hacking so much on the campaign trail – usually in the context of blasting China, the Obama administration or Hillary Clinton, whose emails had been exposed by hackers.
“We’ve seen past hacks and past efforts that have succeeded, and we need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening in the future”, he said. “The initiatives being put forth will help to bring the United States federal government and its agencies into the 21st century when it comes to protecting data and systems”. A draft of the original proposed order on cybersecurity began circulating in January, but the administration held it to seek more input from agency heads and private sector experts. “That’s not the answer, but if we don’t move secure services and shared services, we’re going to be behind the eight-ball for a very long time”. It specifically mentions the threats posed by botnets and requires the Departments of State, Treasury, Homeland Security, and others to submit a cybersecurity status report within 90 days.
“The United States invented the Internet and we need to better use it”, Bossert said.
Calling the executive order “mostly a plan for the government to make a plan”, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a non-partisan research and educational group, criticized the lack of progress made by the government in pursuing security.
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