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Eight years after former President Obama delivered a seminal speech on his administration's approach to cybersecurity, policy analysts from industry and academia say the current president's general outlook and strategy remain undefined even after the recent release of a closely scrutinized executive order on cyber.

The Trump administration is proposing to cut $5.9 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity activities, as part of an overall reduction in spending for the agency's laboratories that NIST says will require it to focus on “core” cyber activities.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Senate lawmakers that the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program for securing federal agencies from cyber threats is rolling out to agencies too slowly, underscoring that the department is making CDM a priority as it implements President Trump’s recently issued cybersecurity executive order.

The chairman of the House Appropriations financial services subcommittee has unveiled revised draft legislation on an active cyber defense that includes new mandatory reporting requirements for companies that pursue cyber aggressors, commonly referred to as “hacking back,” and a sunset provision that will require Congress to revisit the strategy in two years.