New Cybersecurity Policy Will Impact Federal IT Market

New Cybersecurity Policy Will Impact Federal IT Market

By John K. Higgins

Jul 24, 2017 2:49 PM PT

Federal agencies already under the gun to modernize their information technology capabilities have a new set of standards 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 important piece to the U.S. federal IT modernization puzzle,” said Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner.

“Various parts of the executive order will have a direct impact 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 cyberprotection has been elevated to the level of cabinet officers and the heads of various agencies rather than residing with their IT or cybersecurity officers.

“The President will hold heads of executive departments and agencies accountable for managing cybersecurity risk to their enterprises,” reads the executive order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” issued on May 11.

Agency heads will be held accountable to the president “for implementing risk management measures commensurate with the risk and magnitude of the harm that would result from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction of IT and data,” it states.

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