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Trump intends to strengthen US cybersecurity. Experts say there's much to be done.

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Trump intends to strengthen US cybersecurity. Experts say there's much to be done.

WATCH | Trump's executive order on cybersecurity could be a good step forward.

In January, President Trump was set to sign an executive order aimed at strengthening our nation’s cybersecurity. But that order was delayed, and a new one is expected any day now. 

An early draft of the order, obtained by the Washington Post, shows that Trump intends to strengthen the government's cyber-defenses. Cybersecurity experts agree that there is a lot that needs to be done. “We’re starting to get up to speed but there’s a lot more distance to cover," David Inserra a cyber policy expert with the Heritage Foundation said. 

Trump said in January that he would hold his "cabinet secretaries and agency heads accountable, totally accountable for the cybersecurity of their organization." 

That's good news to some experts calling for a set of nationwide norms. “We’ve had really fractured and disparate approaches to approaching cybersecurity," Beau Woods of the Atlantic Council told Circa. "There hasn’t been a holistic approach to it nationally."

The draft calls for reports on cybersecurity policy and more accountability. The White House told Circa to expect some changes to be made to the draft, but if something similar is signed, some say it would be a positive step.

“Holding people responsible -- we see that even in the private sector, where if boards hold their executives accountable for cybersecurity incidents, those tend to be the companies better defended," said Christopher Porter of the cybersecurity company FireEye.

Greater cooperation between the government and private sector is critical because while companies already work together to quickly fend off attacks, the government's expertise is still helpful. “They do wish the government would be more involved in those peer sharing relationships," Porter said.


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