DLT’s Don Maclean: Federal IT Leaders Could Help Prevent Breaches Through Cyber Executive Order Compliance

Don Maclean, chief cybersecurity technologist for DLT Solutions, has said federal information technology leaders should implement the White House’s executive order on cybersecurity as part of their efforts to avoid massive data breaches.

Maclean wrote in a Nextgov guest post published Monday that the executive order contains three elements that agency chief information officers should consider and those include accountability, IT modernization and the need to build up the federal cyber workforce.

Compliance with federal cyber guidelines calls for agency CIOs to determine applications, networks and devices; identify data privacy requirements; implement patch management efforts; and standardize system configurations, Maclean noted.

He called on agency CIOs to help facilitate the IT acquisition process through collaboration with industry partners.

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