Thomas Bossert, an adviser to President Donald Trump on homeland security and counterterrorism, has said the Trump administration will pursue information technology modernization projects as part of efforts to secure federal networks, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
Meredith Somers writes Bossert said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted cybersecurity forum that the White House will release details on its strategy to modernize government IT systems in the coming weeks and months.
Bossert added that federal networks and data is a top cybersecurity priority for the Trump administration and that he believes it is the most directly controllable aspect of cybersecurity for the president.
He noted that cybersecurity will also be part of the defense and homeland security spending in Trump’s budget request.
The White House also plans to require federal agencies to report known and unmitigated risk; push for the adoption of the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s cybersecurity framework; and hold federal agency heads accountable for enterprise network security, Somers reported.
Bossert added Trump looks to collaborate with the private sector to address botnets, the report stated.