Trump To Sign Today Executive Order On Cyber Security

By Savannah Smith, The Goldwater · 01-31-2017
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Fulfilling another earlier pledge, President Donald Trump will sign today a new executive order on cyber security as revealed by two close sources emphasizing that the matter is top priority of the Trump administration.

The order will commission various systematic reviews of the government's offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, according to a brief on the matter that has been drafted and circulated to a few officials and sources last week.

It will be remembered that towards the homestretch of the 2016 presidential campaign and following Trump's upset victory against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, Democrats led by former president Barack Obama, their liberal supporters, and perceived pro-Obama intelligence agencies kept wailing that Russia interfered with the US elections to favor Trump. The accusations included the supposed hacking and subsequent leaking of the Democratic party emails. Trump refused to accept such claims and allegations for lack of clear and strong evidence.

Later on, Trump said that there are also other attempts from other countries and people to hack the US government and vowed to launch an administration-wide review of vulnerabilities to cyber attacks.

The order will also spearhead an audit of a number of federal agencies' cyber capabilities, and to seek input on how to strengthen protections for critical infrastructure, as well as also include a review of government efforts to attract and train a technically sophisticated and proficient workforce.

Sources reveal that the order would also search for ways to offer incentives to the private sector to adopt strong security measures.

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