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Unpacking Executive Order 14028: Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity

What exactly is the Presidential Executive Order 14028?
As the former Director of Cybersecurity at The White House, Rob Knake explains the meaning and impact of the May 12, 2021 Executive Order by the Biden Administration to improve the nation's cybersecurity.

In this presentation you will learn:
• The cause and effect of new cybersecurity requirements.
• Timing and implementation plans for Executive Order 14028.
• What organizations who provide products or services to Federal agencies may need to know to prepare.


Rob Knake has held many prominent cybersecurity roles, most notably, as the Director of Cybersecurity for The White House under the Obama Administration, where he was responsible for developing and managing U.S. cybersecurity policies. He now is a Sr. Advisor at Defendify, and is the co-author of The Fifth Domain and Cyber War.
Recorded Jun 10 2021 32 mins
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    Rob Knake | Former White House Cybersecurity Director
    What exactly is the Presidential Executive Order 14028?
    As the former Director of Cybersecurity at The White House, Rob Knake explains the meaning and impact of the May 12, 2021 Executive Order by the Biden Administration to improve the nation's cybersecurity.

    In this presentation you will learn:
    • The cause and effect of new cybersecurity requirements.
    • Timing and implementation plans for Executive Order 14028.
    • What organizations who provide products or services to Federal agencies may need to know to prepare.


    Rob Knake has held many prominent cybersecurity roles, most notably, as the Director of Cybersecurity for The White House under the Obama Administration, where he was responsible for developing and managing U.S. cybersecurity policies. He now is a Sr. Advisor at Defendify, and is the co-author of The Fifth Domain and Cyber War.
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    Sid Bose (Attorney with Ice Miller) | Rob Simopoulos (Co-Founder of Defendify)
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Strengthening cybersecurity without the complexity
Cyber threats are evolving everyday BUT having a strong and comprehensive cybersecurity posture doesn't have to be complicated. Defendify hosts a range of cybersecurity experts from government agencies, big and small business, legal firms, non-profits and more - all who share their experienced approach to having:

➤ Cyber-Solid Foundation of policies, procedures, and plans
➤ Cyber-Smart Culture of employee awareness and institutional knowledge
➤ Cyber-Strong Technology that goes beyond traditional antivirus and firewalls

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