Executive Order on Cybersecurity Signed Amidst Massive Worldwide Ransomware Attack

Shortly before a massive ransomware attack that affected over 100 countries – reportedly the result of hackers exploiting a Microsoft Windows vulnerability through leaked tools developed by the NSA – President Trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity that, among other things, directs agency heads to produce various reports on cybersecurity risks. While it does not address ransomware specifically, the order will build cybersecurity into the mission of federal agencies, Ari Schwartz, Venable’s managing director of cybersecurity services, and former member of the White House National Security Council, where he served former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Cybersecurity, told Cybersecurity Law Report. See “Presidential Commission Recommends Ways For Public and Private Sectors to Improve Cybersecurity” (Dec. 14, 2016).

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