Issue Brief on “US Cybersecurity Strategy Under Trump Administration”

The Trump administration is planning to launch a new National Cybersecurity Strategy based on the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure as the existing risk management framework and policies of Obama-era turned out to be outdated, White House Homeland Security Adviser Mr. Tom Bossert said on October 24, 2017 on the side-lines of the Washington Cybersecurity Conference.[1] Like the executive order, the strategy will consist of three main components; improving the security of federal networks; efficient allocation of resources to secure critical infrastructure; and establishing norms of good and bad behavior in cyberspace.[2] This executive order was signed on May 11, 2017 and considered as the least controversial document of this administration.

Despite severe criticism of the Obama administration, this order pushes forward the International Strategy for Cyberspace, 2011 and Cybersecurity National Action Plan 2016 drafted by the President Obama’s advisors. The initial version of this order was leaked in February, 2017 which was drafted without consulting the heads of the federal security agencies and was pulled out on the day it was scheduled to be signed. Trump administration promised to present the national cyber policy within the 90 days of inauguration, but took more than 110 days just to draft the final order after missing eight deadlines.[3]

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