Days before the “WannaCry” cyberattack made headlines around the world for its impact, President Donald Trump made good on his efforts to improve U.S. cybersecurity with his first cybersecurity executive order.
The order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” was issued May 11. Trump cited cybersecurity as a major concern for his administration, and his first foray into that area bolsters security within federal agencies, key infrastructure such as in energy, defense and financial institutions and protects the internet. After several months in the making, the order is ready to go into effect.
The first major cybersecurity order from the administration focuses on the federal government and infrastructure and also calls for several studies, reviews and recommendations with a focus on the heads of various agencies involved in defense, international relations and the economy.
Early reports on the order call it a good first step, though it does set aggressive timelines that might be difficult to meet. Criticism of the order focuses on its lack of concrete steps, as well, with this first attempt at boosting security focused on reviewing the current state of cybersecurity and developing new recommendations for further action.