WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, welcomed President Trump’s cybersecurity executive order, signed today, calling the directive a positive step in the right direction to address government cybersecurity challenges. The executive order, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, directs federal agencies to leverage the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity Framework) to more effectively manage their cyber risks and holds agency and department heads accountable for managing cybersecurity risk across their enterprises.
“President Trump’s executive order is a promising start for the administration’s cyber efforts,” ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield said. “We are pleased to see the Trump Administration embrace actions we have consistently advocated for, including orienting federal government cybersecurity risk management around the Cybersecurity Framework and utilizing public-private partnerships to advance cybersecurity. We also look forward to working with lawmakers to see bipartisan legislation passed to bring needed upgrades to outdated federal IT systems that leave our government vulnerable to attacks.”
The group noted, however, that adequately strengthening cybersecurity will also depend on the federal government’s efforts to prioritize modernizing its aging and vulnerable information technology (IT) and pledged to continue to work with the administration and Congress on initiatives such as the bipartisan Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act).
The actions follow recommendations sent last year to the Trump transition team by ITI’s government contracting division, the IT Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS), and align with the private sector’s cybersecurity best practices contained in the Cybersecurity Framework that was developed collaboratively between government and industry, including ITI and ITAPS, to help organizations prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks. The executive order also embraces other longstanding ITI priorities by affirming the Trump Administration’s commitment to prioritizing international cooperation on cybersecurity, and tasking agencies to address cybersecurity workforce challenges.
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