New Cyber-security Policy Will Effect Federal IT Market
Central agencies already under the gun to renovate their IT abilities have a new set of values to meet as a result of an executive order President Donald Trump issued this spring. The directive not only will affect agency managers in their IT operations and acquisition activities, but also will have a significant effect on IT vendors. The Trump initiative “adds another essential piece to the U.S. central IT transformation puzzle,” said Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner. “Various parts of the executive order will have a straight influence on the U.S. federal market,” she wrote in an 18-page briefing on the program.
A key element of the order is that responsibility for cyber protection has been elevated to the level of cabinet officers and the heads of various agencies rather than residing with their IT or cyber security officers. “The President will hold heads of executive departments and agencies accountable for managing cyber security risk to their enterprises,” reads the executive order, “Strengthening the Cyber security of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” issued on May 11. Agency heads will be held accountable to the president “for executing risk management measures commensurate with the magnitude and risk of the harm that would result from unauthorized access, use, disruption, disclosure, destruction or modification of IT and data,” it states.