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Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity: Progress and Next Steps in Carrying Out Executive Order 14028 


Officials responsible for carrying out the variety of assignments to NIST under the May 12, 2021, Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, will provide an update on their progress and next steps in a webinar on October 14th from 1:00pm - 2:15 pm EDT. 

Among other things, Section 4 of that Executive Order (EO) directs the Secretary of Commerce, through NIST, to consult with federal agencies, the private sector, academia, and other stakeholders in identifying standards, tools, best practices, and other guidelines to enhance software supply chain security. Those standards and guidelines will be used by other agencies to govern the Federal Government’s procurement of software. The EO also directs NIST to initiate two labeling efforts related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and software to inform consumers about the security of their products.   

Based on significant input from private and public sector organizations, NIST has delivered a variety of resources for use in improving supply chain cybersecurity and is on track to meet upcoming deadlines. During this webinar, NIST officials will offer status reports, describe upcoming deliverables, and answer participants’ questions.  

Questions about NIST’s work under this Executive Order should be directed to: swsupplychain-eo [at] (swsupplychain-eo[at]nist[dot]gov).


    Draft Agenda:

    Note: Times listed are in EDT

    1:00-1:05 pm

    Introduction and overview – Kevin Stine, Chief Cybersecurity Advisor 

    1:05-1:10 pm Jeff Greene, Chief, Cyber Response & Policy, National Security Council (Invited)

    1:10-1:20 pm  

    Critical software definition, security measures, and software verification –Barbara Guttman, Leader, Software Quality Group 

    1:20-1:30 pm   

    (4c) Enhance the software supply chain – Jon Boyens, Deputy Chief, Computer Security Division

    1:30-1:40 pm     

    (4e) Secure Software Development Framework update – Karen Scarfone, Scarfone Cybersecurity  

    1:40-1:50 pm      

    Labeling for Consumers: Internet of Things (IoT) Devices and Software – Warren Merkel, Chief, Standards Services 

    1:50-2:00 pm   

    New technology supply chain security initiative – Jon Boyens, Deputy Chief, Computer Security Division 

    2:00-2:15 pm    

    Facilitated Q&A  

    2:15 pm


    Created September 27, 2021, Updated October 21, 2021