The cybersecurity executive order in the post-ransomware-attack world

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity. It generally received good reviews (“a solid document”), but it was immediately overtaken by events — an unprecedented “ransomware” cyberattack that disrupted and damaged institutions, particularly hospitals and universities, and government agencies all around the world; at least 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries were affected. In a ransom attack, hackers lock down the victim’s computer and threaten to destroy files if they are not paid a ransom of varying sums.