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White House Orders Federal Agencies To Shore Up Cybersecurity

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The White House ordered federal agencies to shore up their cybersecurity after agencies have lagged in implementing a key executive order President Joe Biden issued in 2021. From a report: Multiple federal departments and agencies have, as of the end of June, “failed to fully comply” with critical security practices prescribed by the executive order, “leaving the U.S. Government exposed to malicious cyber intrusions and undermining the example the Government must set for adequate cybersecurity practices,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a memo to Cabinet secretaries this week.

Sullivan asked senior officials from across the departments to ensure they achieve “full compliance” with the executive order’s security requirements by the end of the year. His memo is addressed to agencies outside of the Pentagon. “This morning the National Security Advisor shared a memo with federal departments and agencies to ensure their cyber infrastructure is compliant with the President’s Executive Order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity,” a National Security Council spokesperson told CNN. “As we’ve said, the Biden-Harris Administration has had a relentless focus on strengthening the cybersecurity of nation’s most critical sectors since day one, and will continue to work to secure our cyber defenses.”

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