Biden To Issue Order On Strengthening Cyber Defenses

The New York Times reports:

The order, drafts of which have been circulating to government officials and corporate executives for weeks and summaries of which were obtained by The New York Times, is a new road map for the nation’s cyberdefense.

It would create a series of digital safety standards for federal agencies and contractors that develop software for the federal government, such as multi-factor authentication, a version of what happens when consumers get a second code from a bank or credit-card company to allow them to log in.

It would require federal agencies to take a “zero trust” approach to software vendors, granting them access to federal systems only when necessary. Violators would risk having their products banned from sale to the federal government, which would, in essence, kill their viability in the commercial market.

Read the full article.