TGIF readers! We made it through another week and now it’s time to light up the grill and enjoy a relaxing Mother’s Day weekend. It’s also time for our weekly (most of the time) shoot the shit topic.
For new readers, a shoot the shit is a freeform discussion on virtually anything whether you actually know something about what is being discussed or not. Readers can make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. This week we’ve chosen to talk about cyber security and the importance of the President’s EO on cyber security.
This past Thursday, President Donald J Trump signed the final version of the Administration’s cybersecurity executive order. Unlike other policy positions from previous administration, the President has done something long overdue by fostering a risk management and risk mitigation philosophy. It establishes executive level responsibility for cybersecurity across all levels of government. Protecting networks, data and systems is no longer relegated to the geeky guys working in the IT group – Secretaries and Directors now own it.
It blows me away to see government employees, defense and civilian, using computing assets to access personal e-mail and surf the net. Bad idea managers!
We are operating in an environment where space assets and data networks are more important in winning the day than your choice of carbines; that’s a fact, whether you wish to accept it or not. So here’s some of the key points addresses by the EO…
emphasizes risk management.
critical infrastructure resilience.
U.S. cyber workforce development.
mandates a comprehensive review of cybersecurity across federal networks — both the civilian .gov and the defense .mil domains — as well as the nation’s critical infrastructure.
holds executive department and agency heads accountable for the cybersecurity of their enterprises
Links cybersecurity to IT modernization.
There are three sections in the final EO, Cybersecurity of Federal Networks, Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity for the Nation. Each section details a set of required assessments, reports, plans and recommendations to be completed by federal executives, either individually or jointly. The EO stipulates a deadline for each deliverable, with some requiring milestones and timelines for implementation.
Read the EO and implement!
Have a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there. Remember that your journey as a mother is even more important than the event.