New Executive Order aims to improve cybersecurity

On May 12, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity. The Order includes a number of initiatives to improve cybersecurity in the US and protect federal government networks, including:

  • Remove barriers to the exchange of information between government and the private sector, e.g. B. contractual obligations that would otherwise prohibit IT service providers from disclosing certain information about violations;
  • Modernization and implementation of stricter cybersecurity standards in the federal government, for example by requiring the introduction of multi-factor authentication and encryption;
  • Improving the security of the software supply chain by establishing basic security standards for the development of software sold to the government and requiring developers to make security data publicly available;
  • Establish a cybersecurity review committee (jointly chaired by government and private sectors) to meet following a major cyber incident to analyze what has happened and make specific recommendations on how to improve cybersecurity;
  • Create a standard cyber incident response playbook to ensure that all federal agencies are ready to take consistent steps to identify and mitigate a threat; and
  • Improvement of the detection of cybersecurity incidents in networks of the federal government by enabling a government-wide endpoint detection and reaction system and an improved exchange of information within the federal government; and
  • Improve investigative and remedial capabilities by creating robust cybersecurity event log requirements for federal departments and agencies.

Recognizing that much of the critical infrastructure in the United States is owned and operated by the private sector, a White House statement encourages private sector companies to “follow the lead of the federal government and take ambitious steps to invest in cybersecurity amplify and align to minimize future incidents. “

Comments are closed.