United States

Strengthening cybersecurity through Executive Order 13800

Jul 07, 2017
From the Government Institute

We face a perilous cyber world that threatens our national security and way of life. We’re in the cross hairs of criminals and terrorists who have opportunity and means to attack at anytime from anywhere. This is not hyperbole but represents the seriousness of the risk to our national security, health, safety, prosperity, and fundamental freedom. Cyber risk has gone far beyond simple criminal identify theft to orchestrated cyberattacks by other nations, cyber-terrorists, and organized crime. The stakes and risks continue to exponentially grow with the continued explosion of information through advanced information technology (IT) systems and the sophisticated tools available to hackers.

On May 11, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The EO broadly attacks cybersecurity across three interrelated aspects to provide a national approach: (1) federal networks, or how the federal executive branch safeguards its own IT systems; (2) the federal government’s leadership role to identify and support cybersecurity of critical infrastructure at greatest risk across all levels of government and all sectors of business; and (3) national implications of cybersecurity that transcend federal networks and critical infrastructure so the internet remains valuable to future generations.

This KPMG Government Institute issue brief offers perspectives on implementing EO 13800. Having worked with governments and business entities around the world, our perspectives are based on well-established leading practices.

Tony Hubbard

Principal, Advisory, KPMG LLP

Geoffrey Weber

Principal, Advisory, KPMG LLP