Government misses major cybersecurity plan deadline

Last week was President Trump’s 90th day in office, which coincided with his self-made deadline for when he planned to have a strong and aggressive plan on improving the nation’s cybersecurity efforts. Back in January, Trump said he would be assigning a team to build the plan, and they would deliver it to him by his 90th day in office.

Because, Trump said, “whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses, we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks.”

Seeing as how America’s infrastructural systems are targets for hackers, a strong federal plan would be welcomed by much of the IT and cybersecurity community. But the 90th day came and went with no reason given for its delay.

But it is now day 96 of Trump’s presidency, and there is no cybersecurity plan in place.

During the first few weeks of his term, Trump did establish a cybersecurity panel that included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But the executive order that was due to be signed later the same day the panel was convened was canceled, and we haven’t heard much about cybersecurity since.

The only direct mention of the plan occurred last week on day 90, from spokeswoman for the White House Lindsey Walters who said that “the president has appointed a diverse set of executives with both government and private sector expertise who are currently working to deliver an initial cybersecurity plan through a joint effort between the National Security Council and the Office of American Innovation.”

Having a solid plan for federal cybersecurity would be welcomed. It would hopefully address the skills shortage issue of there being a high demand of cybersecurity job openings, but not enough staff to fill them. There’s also the growing differences between rural companies’ tech abilities and the more “modern” cosmopolitan companies that should be addressed.

And federal problems have a habit of kicking problems down the line to private companies. For example, IRS’ tech infrastructure has been vulnerable to hacking attempts, which can result in stolen employee W2s and fraudulant return filing. With any plan, there are sure to be private companies that are affected, both large and small.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any changes on the matter of cybersecurity.