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Ratcliffe Statement on Trump's Cybersecurity Executive Order

Washington, DC, May 12, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), House Homeland Security cybersecurity chairman, released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure issued Thursday:

"I commend President Trump and his team, led by Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert, for their thoughtfulness in crafting this executive order. Both the process and the product signal an understanding of the complexity of America’s cybersecurity challenges and that cybersecurity is not simply a box to be checked, but instead requires a long-term, data-driven approach.

"I am glad that the executive order recognized the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security in the protection of federal civilian networks, and that it demands accountability on the part of agency heads, while also treating cybersecurity risk as an executive brand-wide enterprise. The risk management assessments required of each agency by the order will enhance their individual understanding of the risks they face, and will, in the aggregate, give the president a baseline of where we stand.

"I am pleased that the order also requires enhanced engagement between the federal government and the critical infrastructure sectors that face the greatest risk. Because the bulk of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, such enhanced engagement is the key to better supporting and securing these sectors.

"I am also pleased that the order signals the administration’s forward-looking posture. America’s cybersecurity preparedness in the coming years depends, in part, on how successful we are in building a robust cyber workforce, and in developing a strategic deterrence strategy.

"While this order isn't a silver bullet, this order will better equip us to manage our cyber risk and defend against those who seek to do us harm, and I look forward to continued collaboration with the President and his team in the coming months."