Trump to call for sweeping review of cybersecurity in exec order: report


President Trump is preparing an executive order calling for a large-scale review of national cybersecurity, The Washington Post reported Friday.

“Free and secure use of cyberspace is essential to advancing U.S. national interests. The Internet is a vital national resource. Cyberspace must be an environment that fosters efficiency, innovation communication, and economic prosperity without disruption, fraud, theft or invasion of privacy,” the order reportedly reads.  

The White House could not confirm whether the report was authentic or whether it resembled draft or finalized executive orders currently pending. The Post published a document it said was a draft of the order.

{mosads}According to the Post’s document, Trump will task a team headed by the secretary of Defense — and including the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — with generating reports on the security of defense systems and critical infrastructure. They would have 60 days to complete it.

The same group would assemble a report on the “principle cyber adversaries” on the same timeline, with National Intelligence taking the lead.

The reported order also includes a review of operational capabilities and workforce readiness in the face of an anticipated cybersecurity skills shortage, as well as look at private sector incentive programs to encourage better security practices. 


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