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June 6, 2017

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. To learn more, please check out our resources including whitepapers addressing shared services and cyber training and important news and materials related to the EO.

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