US President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order, signed on Thursday after a series of delays, will make federal agency heads accountable for protecting their networks.
On the other side of the fence, computer security product makers have broadly welcomed the policy, which also calls on government and industry to reduce the threat from automated attacks on the internet.
The delayed cybersecurity executive order aims to bolster the government’s information security while protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. The order is important because it sets the direction for US infosec policy in government and beyond. Unlike many of President Trump’s other policy initiatives, the order is largely uncontroversial and might (whisper this gently) be seen largely as a continuation of measures former President Barrack Obama was putting into place.