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Trump orders review of government cybersecurity

After a long delay, President Trump on Thursday ordered federal agencies to review how vulnerable they might be to cyberattacks and how they can limit the dangers. . The executive order left unclear precisely how much input technology businesses and security consultants would have in the review process. The order instructs many federal agency heads — including the secretary of commerce, the Department of Defense and the attorney general — to review the state of their departments’ cybersecurity capabilities and vulnerabilities. The office will lean heavily on the recently created American Technology Council, which was created to oversee the federal government’s modernization efforts by pulling in practices from the private sector. The Office of American Innovation, led by senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, will play a significant role in the federal IT modernization effort, according to Politico, citing people tracking the efforts. Grant Schneider, the acting chief information security officer for the Office of Management and Budget, said in March that those agencies should continue to support government security efforts. Michael Sulmeyer, director of the Cyber Security Project at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said one provision may indicate that the administration isn’t closing the door on private cybersecurity companies. [...] the Commerce Department’s natural proximity to the private sector, Sulmeyer said, suggests that the administration intends to involve commercial companies in the review process. [...] Brian Finch, a cybersecurity attorney at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, speculated that releasing a final version of an executive order involving so many federal agencies would have been premature in the midst of the Trump administration’s transition into the White House.

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