Cybersecurity Industry Reaction To Trump Executive Order
Jason Christopher, CTO, AXIO

"In the wake of advanced cybersecurity attacks, this Executive Order prioritizes the importance of our nation’s critical infrastructure. Beyond the provisions for a robust national security program at federal agencies, the EO refocuses on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. We have applied this framework to dramatically improve the cybersecurity posture of countless critical infrastructure organizations, so we know it is tested and well proven.

"The order also understands the importance of a robust risk management program that examines the impacts due to cyber security attacks. As a matter of fact, it calls for the creation of a power engineering study to analyze the impacts due to a potential cybersecurity attack, similar to the ones seen in the Ukraine over the past year and a half. Our nation’s power system is a complex machine that runs 24x7x365 where failure is not an option. Every day utilities face cyber threats and do a remarkable job of keeping the lights on—and a study like this will only help further educate grid operators and build on the success of events like the national GridEx table top exercise. Furthermore, by quantifying and measuring the potential impacts and responses to a cyber attack, our nation’s power utilities can better protect these vital systems.

"This executive order is a good first step in identifying impacts and controls at a national level.”

Summary

In the wake of advanced cybersecurity attacks, this Executive Order prioritizes the importance of our nation’s critical infrastructure. Beyond the provisions for a robust national security program at federal agencies, the EO refocuses on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. We have applied this framework to dramatically improve the cybersecurity posture of countless critical infrastructure organizations, so we know it is tested and well proven.