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Executive Order focuses on cyber-threats, agency responses

Joe Mont | May 17, 2017

With coincidental timing amid a global cyber-security attack by the WannaCry virus, President Donald J. Trump has issued an Executive Order on “Strengthening the Cyber-security of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.”

“The President will hold heads of executive departments and agencies (agency heads) accountable for managing cyber-security risk to their enterprises,” the order says. “In addition, because risk management decisions made by agency heads can affect the risk to the executive branch as a whole, and to national security, it is also the policy of the U.S. to manage cyber-security risk as an executive branch enterprise.”

“Cyber-security risk management comprises the full range of activities undertaken to protect IT and data from unauthorized access and other cyber threats, to maintain awareness of cyber threats, to...

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