FACT SHEET: President Signs Executive Order Charting New Course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks

FACT SHEET: President Signs Executive Order Charting New Course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks

Posted May 12, 2021

FACT SHEET: President Signs Executive Order Charting New Course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks

  • President Biden signed an Executive Order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks.
  • This Executive Order makes a significant contribution toward modernizing cybersecurity defenses by protecting federal networks, improving information-sharing between the U.S. government and the private sector on cyber issues, and strengthening the United States’ ability to respond to incidents when they occur.  It is the first of many ambitious steps the Administration is taking to modernize national cyber defenses.
  • FACT: Much of our domestic critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and those private sector companies make their own determination regarding cybersecurity investments.
  • The Executive Order the President is signing today will:
    • Remove Barriers to Threat Information Sharing Between Government and the Private Sector.
    • Modernize and Implement Stronger Cybersecurity Standards in the Federal Government.
    • Improve Software Supply Chain Security.
    • Establish a Cybersecurity Safety Review Board.
    • Create a Standard Playbook for Responding to Cyber Incidents.
    • Improve Detection of Cybersecurity Incidents on Federal Government Networks.
    • Improve Investigative and Remediation Capabilities.

| May 12, 2021