President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order
May 19, 2017, Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Coalfire Federal
On May 11, 2017, President Trump released the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. This E.O. -- while stand alone in focus --should be seen in the context of a greater move in the Executive Branch to elevate the awareness and preparation for better cybersecurity across government. This is evidenced by the complimentary cyber actions in the Presidential Executive Orders creating the Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council calling for IT modernization and customer service excellence as well as the The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director’s Memo 17-22 outlining reform calling for a smaller, more accountable and more efficient federal government. The issuance of these directives does not in-of-itself “solve” the government’s modernization, cyber, and performance problems; rather, collectively they denote a priority in the new administration for cyber and a recognition of the need for a coordinated approach across government and with the commercial sector.