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Assessing the Latest Draft Cybersecurity Executive Order

May 6, 2017

The latest draft version of the Trump administration’s cybersecurity executive order is similar to the previous version and lays out a plan to secure U.S. federal government and critical infrastructure IT that could have come out of the Barack Obama White House, including modernizing federal IT.

“That fact that they are focusing on IT modernization as a core component of improving federal cybersecurity is a good thing and one that further demonstrates some welcome continuity between the Obama administration’s approach to cybersecurity and the new administration,” says Jeremy Grant, a Chertoff Group managing director, who led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace initiative during the Obama presidency.

Expectations of an early release of the cybersecurity executive order, or EO, have faded as one draft version after another slowly gets distributed among stakeholders. “All rumors that something is imminent are just that,” says Grant, who adds that administration insiders tell him they continue to make changes in the EO….SOURCE

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