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Taking Stock of Trump's Cybersecurity Executive Order So Far

posted onSeptember 4, 2017
by l33tdawg

By the time President Trump signed his Cybersecurity Executive Order on May 11, it had taken on a mythic air. The administration had produced a series of drafts soon after the inauguration that leaked, circulated, provoked criticism, and motivated refinements. While the months-long wait for the final product felt Godot-like, it ultimately received bipartisan praise for its thoughtfulness. But now, more than 110 days since the clock started, eight deadlines have passed, with eight more quickly approaching.

Planning and information-gathering matters, but experts caution that for the EO to succeed long-term, it needs to exit this phase as quickly as possible. Beginning the urgent, proactive work of implementing a robust national cybersecurity posture and defending critical infrastructure can't wait, as destabilizing cyberattacks like the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks showed this summer.

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