Trump Finally Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Soon after his January inauguration, Trump held a press conference on cybersecurity and U.S. infrastructure. He claimed Democrats were hacked during the 2016 presidential election, and was set to sign an executive order demanding a thorough evaluation of the nation’s cybersecurity capabilities.

But it wasn’t until yesterday, May 11, that Trump signed the order. As Techcrunch reports, the order retains some facets of the early draft, but contains notable changes, including the following:

  • Puts responsibility for cybersecurity risk in the hands of federal agencies
  • Agencies are required to follow the standards established by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in assessing their risk
  • Agencies must submit reports on their risks within 90 days
  • The FBI, who was initially omitted from the review, is now included

For more on this story and further details of the executive order, read the original Techcrunch article here.

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