President Trump is expected to sign soon Executive
Order on Strengthening U.S. Cyber Security and
Capabilities. Reports about a
"leaked draft" of the Executive Order on
Cybersecurity surfaced on the Internet a few days ago, along with
predictions that the Order will be signed on January 31. The
Order is yet to be signed and the publicized draft may undergo some
changes. The available draft orders three
Review of Cyber Vulnerabilities, which asks,
within 60 days of the date of the Order, for a report of initial
recommendations for the enhanced protection of the most critical
civilian Federal Government, public, and private sector
Review of Cyber Adversaries, which asks,
within 60 days of the date of the Order, for a first report on the
identities, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of the principal U.S.
U.S. Cyber Capabilities Review, which asks for
identification of an initial set of capabilities needing
improvement to adequately protect U.S. critical infrastructure,
based on the results of the other two Reviews. As part of
this review, the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland
Security are directed to gather and review information from the
Department of Education "regarding computer science,
mathematics, and cyber security education from primary through
higher education to understand the full scope of U.S. efforts to
educate and train the workforce of the future." The
Secretary of Defense is also directed to make recommendations
"in order to best position the U.S. educational system to
maintain its competitive advantage into the future."
The Order also asks for a "Private Sector Infrastructure
Incentives Report," within 100 days of the date of the Order,
from the Secretary of Commerce to the President, outlining
"options to incentivize private sector adoption of effective
cyber security measures."
I will hold my Cabinet Secretaries and agency heads accountable,
totally accountable, for the cybersecurity of their organizations.
... We must defend and protect federal networks and data. We
operate these networks on behalf of the American people, and they
are very important and very sacred. ... We will empower these
agencies to modernize their IT systems for better security and
other reasons. We will protect our critical infrastructure,
such as power plants and electrical grids. ... We must work
with private sector, private sector is way ahead of government in
this case, to ensure that owners and operators of critical
infrastructure have the support they need from the federal
government to defend against cyber treats."
During the meeting, President Trump introduced Rudy Giuliani as
his cybersecurity advisor. Mr. Giuliani commended President Trump
on keeping his campaign promises to improve national
cybersecurity. Mr. Giuliani agreed with President Trump on
the need for collaboration between the government and the private
sector and stated that the U.S. private sector "is wide open
to hacking and sometimes by hacking the private sector you can get
into government, so we can't do this
Mr. Giuliani stated that the administration would benefit from
consulting the private sector regarding the cybersecurity problems
and solutions the private sectors has, in order to effectively
address national security and the growing cyber theft problem.
Mr. Giuliani also stated that while some of the private
sector is adequately responding to cyber threats, a part of the
private sectors need to "wake up" to the fact that they
need to do more in terms of cybersecurity.
It is clear that the new administration plans to actively pursue
its cybersecurity goals and to focus on growing a partnership
between the private sector and the government to improve
cybersecurity across the board.
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