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Client Alert: New Cybersecurity Executive Order Affects Critical Infrastructure Industry Sectors, Including Communications, Electricity and Defense

On May 11, 2017, President Trump signed a long-awaited Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure (the “Executive Order”), which directs federal government agencies to take certain steps to strengthen the cybersecurity of both federal networks and critical infrastructure.  The Executive Order builds on previous Obama-era executive orders and presidential policy directives regarding the cybersecurity of both public and private sector networks.