President Trump has signed an executive order (EO) that aims to support the digital security employees of the US federal government.
On May 2, President Trump approved the & # 39; Executive Order on America & # 39; s Cyber Security Workforce & # 39 ;. This directive contains various actions to strengthen federal digital security employees. For example, it requires the Minister of Homeland Security, in consultation with the director of the Office for Management and Budget (OMB) and the director of the Personnel Management Office (OPM), to develop a digital rotation program for security within ninety days. The purpose of this platform is to enable federal IT and digital security practitioners to receive temporary assignments in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and vice versa, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, training and experience.
To further support the strengthening of the digital security employees of the federal government, the executive order requires the Director of OPM in consultation with the Minister of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the heads of other agencies to identify aptitude test for use when selecting employees who have the potential to acquire digital security skills. These office heads will also play a role in creating an annual digital security competition known as the President & # 39; s Cup Cyber Security Competition to identify and reward the best digital security practitioners and teams from the federal government.
Kevin K. McAleenan, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, believes that these and other initiatives outlined in the Executive Order will play an important role in defending the United States against digital threats. As quoted in a DHS statement:
America's cyber security practitioners … are a core element in our country's front line defense and we need to support them urgently in the face of a large number of cyber security threats. The DHS and this administration are committed to bold action. From facilitating movement between the private and public sectors to supporting the training, education and development of our employees, the President's action sets the course today to expand and retain workforce and to ensure that America retains its lead in the critical area of cyber security.
This latest warrant comes almost two years after President Trump issued a directive obliging federal headquarters to use the NIST's cyber security framework to manage their agency's digital security risk.