Breaking Down the May 2021 U.S. Executive Order on Cybersecurity: What it Means for Government, Private Sector, and IT Security Professionals

Breaking Down the May 2021 U.S. Executive Order on Cybersecurity: What it Means for Government, Private Sector, and IT Security Professionals

On May 12, 2021, U.S. President Biden signed the highly anticipated Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (and the government issued a fact sheet summary of the contents). U.S. Presidents use Executive Orders (EO) to provide guidance to federal agencies as part of enforcing laws passed by Congress and managing the executive branch of the U.S. Government. This EO is the most detailed ever issued on the topic of cybersecurity in the nation’s history. It has global implications because of the size of the U.S. Federal Government and its purchasing authority for cybersecurity solutions – estimated to be nearly $20 billion annually.

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