MeriTalk: Federal CISOs Point to Cyber EO Priorities

“Federal agency chief information security officers (CISOs) talked about several aspects of the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) during a July 15 FedInsider webinar in which they flagged steps agencies should be taking to meet the order’s requirements…”

“Steven Hernandez, CISO at the Education Department, explained that this requirement of the order is an affirmation for Federal agencies to get through and cross the finish line with a multi-factor authentication system. The EO, according to Hernandez, highlights how implementing multi-factor authentication and encryption for data dramatically and critically disables an adversary’s ability to harm.

‘We at the Education Department have been using tools like multi-factor authentication. But for those agencies who have not made the jump, the EO is that push that they need to cross the finish line and implement these tools,’ said Hernandez.

The EO also states that incremental improvements will not provide needed security measures; instead, bold changes and significant investments in cybersecurity, such as leveraging zero-trust principles, need to happen to defend the vital institutions of the United States…” Read the full article here.

Source: Federal CISOs Point to Cyber EO Priorities – By Lisbeth Perez, July 16, 2021. MeriTalk.

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