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CompTIA Commends Administration’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, the world’s leading technology association, commends the Trump Administration on the release of an Executive Order taking early steps in addressing federal government cyber policy reform. The Executive Order seeks to build upon the recommendations found in prior Administrations and by leading stakeholder groups.  It also calls for important cybersecurity reviews of federal networks, the critical infrastructure, and the broader cybersecurity posture of our nation.

“We are pleased with the initial direction that the Administration is taking on cyber policy and stand ready to be an active partner moving forward,” stated Elizabeth Hyman, CompTIA’s executive vice president for public advocacy. “The Order will position the United States to take quick stock of the current landscape to secure critical infrastructure and networks, and modernize IT systems. The EO smartly structures a cyber risk management process for the federal enterprise, coordinated with IT modernization needs, that will directly involve federal budget determinations about unmet security requirements. CompTIA applauds this specific linkage between IT acquisition and cyber, but the challenge will be in execution, and doing so effectively within a very ambitious reporting timeline.”

The Executive Order also outlines a strategy to enhance the cyber workforce. Government and the Private sector have a common challenge: to have in place the right skilled workforce to utilize technology, enhance productivity, and mitigate and manage security threats. The Order has many positives with respect to the cyber workforce, and a thorough review of education, training, experiential learning and other methodologies is welcome, as is the idea of drawing upon the experiences and lessons of our international peers to advance cybersecurity practices and competitiveness.  

We hope that the Administration will also take note of the significant experience of the Federal government (particularly the Department of Defense) to enhance information assurance readiness through industry credentials, training, as well as academic experience; and that the Administration uses the expertise of industry to help benchmark its cyber workforce review process.

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