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The May 11, 2017, Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) establishes a new framework for federal cybersecurity, setting forth a series of deadlines for federal agencies to report on their plans for further cyber safeguards. Two key components emphasized in the EO are 1) shared services and 2) cyber training of the federal workforce.

The EO says in pertinent part: "Effective immediately, it is the policy of the executive branch to build and maintain a modern, secure, and more resilient executive branch IT architecture. [...] Agency heads shall show preference in their procurement for shared IT services, to the extent permitted by law, including email, cloud, and cybersecurity services."  And several Cabinet secretaries are directed to "…jointly assess the scope and sufficiency of efforts to educate and train the American cybersecurity workforce of the future, including cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs, from primary through higher education...".

CSRA is uniquely positioned to help federal agencies “think next” and meet the challenge of the cyber EO, with industry-leading experience in moving agencies to a shared services model and training personnel through our Cyber Institute. We invite you to download the whitepapers on this page addressing shared services and cyber training to learn more. Visit this page often as your one-stop resource for important news and materials related to the cyber EO.

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News & Insights

  • Administration to assess U.S. cyber training effortsPolitico, The Trump administration is moving quickly to study cybersecurity training and education efforts so it can better direct government funding, officials said.

  • New White House policy prioritizes shared servicesGovernment Matters, Beth Angerman, Executive Director of Unified Shared Services Management at the General Services Administration, discusses efforts so far by the White House to prioritize shared services across government.

  • Agencies Can Meet Challenges of Cyber Executive Order, MGT ActMeriTalk, Government officials predict that though getting all Federal agencies to comply with the recent Cybersecurity Executive Order and the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) bill will be difficult, the outcomes will be very beneficial for government.

  • Compliance vs. honesty: How agencies should approach the cyber EOFederal News Radio, Should CIOs and CISOs, and for that matter agency senior executives, just comply with the EO or take it as a serious attempt by the Trump administration to improve the government’s cyber posture.

  • NASA sets example for making shared services workWashington Technology, Under a shared services model, one part of an organization or group provides one or more of those same services to other parts of that team. Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget issued in April highlights shared services as a tool for agencies in their restructuring and cost management efforts.

  • Trump’s cyber order pushes for modernized IT shared servicesFedScoop, As part of the cybersecurity executive order released Thursday, agency heads are required to “show preference in their procurement for shared IT services,” such as email, cloud and cybersecurity services. “Effective immediately, it is the policy of the executive branch to build and maintain a modern, secure, and more resilient executive branch IT architecture,” the order says.

  • OMB to take central role implementing cyber executive order, acting U.S. CIO saysCyberScoop, Modernization would proceed hand in hand with shared services—buying email or storage systems for instance for several departments at once.