President Trump signs executive order on cyber security
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that he hopes will protect the federal government and the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.
What this order does
This executive order allows U.S. government agencies to implement new security measures, such as identity access management, that’ll protect them from potential cyber attacks.
“It’s high time we hold the federal government to the same standard that we’ve been preaching to the private sector, and the president agrees,” said a senior administration official to reporters during the briefing on the order. “From a security perspective, it’s imperative that we do this, but it’s also an efficiency and a benefit for the American people.”
The final order that Trump signed hasn’t been released yet, but in late April, Politico obtained what’s believed to be a final draft of the executive order. Cyber specialists have looked over that version of the draft, and they say it’s essentially a continuation of the cyber policy path that was started by the last two administrations.
According to that April draft, the executive order will create reports that show where federal agencies and critical national infrastructures like hospitals and power plants are the most prone to cyber attacks.
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