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Weekly News Digest

May 18, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Access Partnership Shares Details of Biden Administration Order on Cybersecurity

Access Partnership rolled out an Access Alert, “President Biden Issues Executive Order of Cybersecurity,” stating the following:

On 12 May 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity aimed at strengthening U.S. federal cyber protections. The EO, which has undergone development for months, lands amid mounting public concern due to a wave of recent high-profile cyberattacks. …

Indeed, the EO follows multiple lawmaker calls for tighter federal rules and guidance to secure ICT supply chains and critical infrastructure. [Recently], both the House and Senate held hearings on the state of federal cybersecurity and increasing digital attacks.

Part of a promised ‘whole of government response’ by the Biden Administration, the EO requests an overhaul of the federal government’s approach to cybersecurity, in addition to a re-evaluation of agency software acquisitions and existing measures to block cyber threats. Importantly, it targets federal networks, rather than critical infrastructure operated by private entities. … As such, there will most certainly be additional federal and congressional activity to close domestic infrastructure vulnerabilities. …

The EO represents the most significant attempt yet by the Biden Administration to close large cybersecurity gaps that have been exploited in the last year. The order includes both new requirements for agencies and higher standards for vendors. Importantly, it sets the stage for requiring federal contracts to report data breaches and meet new software security requirements. The directive also emphasizes the need for public-private cooperation in developing new cybersecurity standards and processes, as well as mitigating and resolving future attacks.

For more information, read the Access Alert.

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