US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to bolster government's cyber security and protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, the White House said, marking his first significant action to address what he has called a top priority.
The order seeks to improve the network security of US government agencies, from which hackers have pilfered millions of personal records and other forms of sensitive data in recent years.
It also aims to better protect critical infrastructure, such as the energy grid and financial sector, from sophisticated attacks that officials have long warned could pose a national security threat or cripple parts of the economy.
The order additionally lays out goals to develop a more cogent cyber deterrence strategy, in part by forging strong cooperation with US allies in cyberspace.
White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert said the order sought to build on efforts undertaken by the Obama administration.
“A lot of progress was made in the last administration, but not nearly enough,” Bossert told reporters during a White House briefing.
Trump signs cyber security executive order