Analysis

New Biden Cybersecurity Memo May Sow Agency Confusion

By Daniel Wilson (January 24, 2022, 7:01 PM EST) -- A new White House memo aimed at improving cybersecurity coordination and standards across national security agencies may end up having the unintended effect of causing confusion when cybersecurity missions overlap with those of other federal agencies.

The Jan. 19 memorandum requires the U.S. Department of Defense and the 17 agencies and offices within the Intelligence Community to meet or exceed the same cybersecurity standards that "civilian" agencies — all the other executive branch agencies — are required to meet under a May 2021 executive order. The National Security Agency will take the lead in coordinating those efforts as a "national manager,"...

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