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A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change

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The Executive Order followed a series of high-profile cybersecurity incidents, including the SolarWinds supply chain attack, the infiltration of Microsoft Exchange servers, and a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.

Credit: The White House

A year ago, U.S. President Joe Biden released the ambitious Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity following a series of devastating and destructive cyberattacks. The executive order (EO) triggered an avalanche of rulemakings across the federal government to meet dozens of now mainly achieved deadlines to implement the order's objectives.

The Biden administration premised the EO on elevating the government's protection and response capabilities across a wide range of digital technology systems and services, from moving the federal government to cloud services and zero-trust architectures to improving software supply chain security. The idea was to strengthen government infrastructure cybersecurity while also raising the cybersecurity bar for government vendors, including tech giants, who must likewise meet the EO's objectives.

Now at the one-year mark, it's worth looking at how well the order stands up, how effective it has been, and whether it has missed any relevant cybersecurity concerns despite its wide-ranging nature.

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