President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that directs the Defense Department to provide cybersecurity training to its employees, and instructs federal agencies to implement an “immediate cyber-security plan.”
The order is a direct response to the recent cyberattacks on the U.S. that were linked to Russia, and President Donald J. Trump’s administration has taken a number of steps to protect against future attacks.
The White House has repeatedly urged the U to take additional measures to secure its cyber infrastructure.
The president has also directed the Department of Homeland Security to develop a cyber-defenses plan, which he said he would release in early March.
The administration has also pledged to create a cyberdefense strategy, which Trump said would be finalized by mid-March.
“I have directed the Secretary of Defense to issue a cybersecurity strategy and to develop an immediate cyber-defense plan,” Trump said in a statement.
“The Secretary has the responsibility of developing a cyber strategy and preparing it for a conference, which would include the heads of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Homeland Security Department.”
The new cybersecurity order also requires the Secretary and the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on the cyber threat posed by Russian hackers, and to establish a cyber operations center within the Department to support the effort.
The order does not direct the Department or any other federal agency to implement the plan.
It does, however, provide an outline of steps that would be taken to combat cyberthreats, such as the creation of a cyberwarfare training program for the Department and the establishment of a Cyber Command.
Trump said in his statement that the administration is also taking steps to prevent cyberattacks from being launched by Russia and China.
“It is now time to stop the attacks on the United States, our allies and our interests by strengthening our defenses,” he said.
“I have asked the President to designate the National Cybersecurity Center to develop, coordinate and implement a cyberstrategy to address this threat, and I am directing that it be established within the Defense and Homeland Intelligence Departments and the Office of Management and Budget.
In the coming weeks, the President will lay out plans to further strengthen our cyber defenses and strengthen our nation’s cyber capacity.”
This article has been updated.