Category Archives: Executive actions

Biden Issues Memorandum Aimed at Improving Cybersecurity

On July 28, 2021, President Biden issued a Memorandum on Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems.  The Memo recognizes that the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure lies not only with government, i.e., at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, but with critical infrastructure owners and operators.  In addition, the Memo states that cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure, and the systems that control and operate it,… More

President Biden Signs Executive Order to Improve Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks

On May 12, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which is aimed at improving the nation’s cybersecurity and protecting federal government networks.  The Executive Order has been in the works for some time, but the timing of its release is a response to the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

According to the Fact Sheet issued by the White House, this Executive Order 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

The overall impact of the Executive Order is limited,… More