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President Biden Signs Executive Order to Strengthen Cybersecurity for Federal Government Following Colonial Pipeline Attack

President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, on the heels of the cyber-attack against Colonial Pipeline Co., which suffered a major ransomware attack late last week that has caused supply chain issues in the Southeast. 

The Order is intended to show that the federal government is taking a leadership role on cybersecurity defense by improving the cyber defense of the government and its subcontractors, including software vendors who do business with the federal government.

The Order requires that all software sold to the federal government follow prescribed cybersecurity standards within nine months and that software developers share their security data publicly.

It also requires the government to deploy encryption and multifactor authentication and establishes a government-wide endpoint detection and response system so federal agencies can share cyber-threat information, and a “playbook” on incident response. Vendors that do business with the federal government are required to report security incidents to the government to increase the availability of threat intelligence.

 

Copyright © 2021 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 133
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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