President Trump Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Postponed?

A draft of President Donald Trump's Executive Order on Cybersecurity has been obtained by The Washington Post. President Trump was expected to sign the order today, but the signing was postponed without explanation, according to pool reports. ChannelE2E has not independently confirmed that today's signing was cancelled.

Policy makers and IT associations like CompTIA have been awaiting the draft order to see how the Trump Administration plans to strengthen and enforce U.S. cybersecurity. Also, observers are hoping to understand potential similarities and differences from President Barack Obama's administration.

Among the overarching themes that both President Trump and Obama share: Leaving much of the cyber security landscape to private sector companies -- i.e., technology companies -- rather than the government.

The federal government has been under intense pressure to strengthen the U.S.'s cybersecurity stance. U.S. infrastructure and businesses have suffered distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and hacks. In some cases, foreign states allegedly launched the attacks. The U.S. has also alleged Russia leveraged hacking technologies to influence the U.S. presidential election.

Security has been a particularly hot topic for IT services providers, many of whom are seeking to start dedicated Security Operations Center (SOC) and/or Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) practices.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.