U.S. President Joe Biden signed a National Security Memorandum on Wednesday that aims to improve the cybersecurity of national security and intelligence community systems.
The memo requires that national security systems “employ the same network cybersecurity measures as those required of federal civilian networks,” per Biden’s May 2021 executive order. It also gives new powers to the National Security Agency to oversee cybersecurity improvements, and the agency will also now collect reports on incidents affecting national security systems.
Phil Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance and former director of the National Cyber Security Center at DHS, says, “Giving NSA greater responsibility and authority regarding use of cloud systems relevant to it makes considerable sense, as does increasing the focus on zero trust architectures.”
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