Donald Trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity last month, outlining plans to address the cybersecurity of federal networks, the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure , the cybersecurity of the nation as a whole, and how to ensure that the United States achieves long-term excellence in cybersecurity.
Tom Bossert, President Trump’s homeland security adviser, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. Bossert summed up what he considers the three most important sections of the EO in order of priority:
- Protect federal networks using the NIST Framework
- Mandate federal IT to move to the cloud
- Centralize federal IT as one enterprise network
The biggest surprise in the plan is the move to the cloud.
“We spend a lot of time and inordinate amount of money protecting antiquated and outdated systems. We saw that with the OPM hack and other things,” said Bossert.