President Trump is expected to sign soon Executive Order on Strengthening U.S. Cyber Security and Capabilities. Reports about a “leaked draft” of the Executive Order on Cybersecurity surfaced on the Internet a few days ago, along with predictions that the Order will be signed on January 31. The Order is yet to be signed and the publicized draft may undergo some changes. The available draft orders three reviews:
- Review of Cyber Vulnerabilities, which asks, within 60 days of the date of the Order, for a report of initial recommendations for the enhanced protection of the most critical civilian Federal Government, public, and private sector infrastructure.
- Review of Cyber Adversaries, which asks, within 60 days of the date of the Order, for a first report on the identities, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of the principal U.S. cyber adversaries.
- U.S. Cyber Capabilities Review, which asks for identification of an initial set of capabilities needing improvement to adequately protect U.S. critical infrastructure, based on the results of the other two Reviews. As part of this review, the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security are directed to gather and review information from the Department of Education “regarding computer science, mathematics, and cyber security education from primary through higher education to understand the full scope of U.S. efforts to educate and train the workforce of the future.” The Secretary of Defense is also directed to make recommendations “in order to best position the U.S. educational system to maintain its competitive advantage into the future.”