Will Biden’s Guidance on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity Impact You?

A piece of guidance that President Biden issued on Sept. 14 requires companies that do business with the US government to comply with stronger government-specified secure software development practices.

What does that guidance — which builds on a May 2021 executive order — mean for you?

First, we’ll get what Roger Cressey, former United States National Security Council member, calls the 400-pound gorilla out of the way: 85% of US government productivity and collaboration software is owned by Microsoft, with Cisco coming in a far second. There are few smaller companies landing contracts in this area — but this fact also puts a much higher level of responsibility for security squarely on Microsoft.