President Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity calls for ambitious cybersecurity reform across the federal space in response to recent incidents such as the attacks against SolarWinds and the Colonial Pipeline. The Key tenets of the Executive Order include:

  • Threat Information Sharing
  • Cyber Incident Reporting
  • Enhancing Software Supply Chain Security
  • Modernizing Federal Government Cybersecurity
  • Establishing a Cyber Safety Review Board
  • Standardizing the Federal Government Cyber Incident Response to Incidents and Vulnerabilities
  • Improving Federal Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Incident Detection
  • Improving Federal Government Incident Detection, Response, and Remediation

In addition to summarizing the proactive cybersecurity directives of the Executive Order, this publication features ICIT Fellows’ perspectives on how the foundation set by the Executive Order can be built upon in the future. Recommendations include:

  • Considering the Offensive and Defensive Weaponization of IoCs
  • Addressing the Challenges Around Modernization and MFA Adoption
  • Improving Public-Private Collaboration
  • Reforming Internal Federal Software Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM)
  • Integrating Cybersecurity Ethics Reinforcement
  • Creating a National Campaign to Socialize Federal Cybersecurity Reform
Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity: An ICIT Fellows' Analysis of President Biden's Executive Order
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ICIT would like to thank the following Fellows and Contributors for offering their analysis and perspectives of President Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity: