(UnitedVoice.com) – On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order declaring a national emergency over threats to the US power system. He said the power grid must be protected from cybersecurity threats posed by foreign adversaries which could cripple America’s supply. The executive order states bad actors are creating ways to exploit the electricity that powers national defense, emergency services, and other critical infrastructure. These threats could harm the economy and our way of life.
President @realDonaldTrump has once again shown bold leadership today by signing an Executive Order to secure the United States Bulk-Power System. This order allows @ENERGY to work with the @Cabinet and industry to protect America’s Bulk-Power System. https://t.co/yqeq79UcGS
— Dan Brouillette (@SecBrouillette) May 1, 2020
The order bans the purchase of equipment manufactured by a company under the control of a foreign adversary, or any equipment determined to be a national security threat. Equipment currently in use that poses a risk must be identified and replaced immediately. Additionally, vendors must be pre-qualified and deemed safe to work with.
Also in the order is the creation of a task force to ensure the federal government purchases equipment that will not create vulnerabilities. It’ll be comprised of several people including the chair of the task force and the Secretaries of Defense, Interior, Commerce, and Homeland Security, as well as the Directors of National Security, National Intelligence, and Office of Management and Budget — or their designees.
This order goes to show that President Trump continues to have America’s best interests at heart.
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