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DHS Issues Update on Cybersecurity Executive Order

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released an update to President Trump’s executive order on strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure.

The update calls for efforts to improve the cybersecurity of federal networks, protect critical infrastructure, and develop an international engagement strategy on cybersecurity.

DHS and the Department of Commerce are compiling a market transparency report to assess whether existing federal policies effectively enforce transparency of cybersecurity risk management practices by critical infrastructure entities, including hospitals. In particular, the departments are working to reduce risk from distributed, automated attacks. The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has posted a request for comment in the Federal Register, seeking input from stakeholders on ways to reduce this threat. Comments will be accepted until July 28.

Additionally, DHS has joined other departments to assess how to facilitate the growth of the cybersecurity workforce. To gather information for this report, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is planning a public workshop on Aug. 2 in Chicago and a forthcoming request for information.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page dedicated to cybersecurity threats. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions


About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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