President Trump Issues Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure

On May 11, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order focused on cybersecurity for federal networks as well as our nation’s critical infrastructure.  


President Trump called on each federal agency to use the framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to manage the agency's cybersecurity risk.  Within the next 90 days, each agency is instructed to provide the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget a risk management report that describes the agency's action plan to implement the NIST Framework.  In addition, each agency must document the risk mitigation and acceptance choices made by each agency head; the strategic, operational, and budgetary considerations that informed those choices; and, any accepted risk, including from unmitigated vulnerabilities.   


The Executive Order also reaffirms that it is the policy of the executive branch to use its authorities and capabilities to support the cybersecurity risk management efforts of the owners and operators of the Nation's critical infrastructure.