US government websites will automatically enforce HTTPS in modern web browsers for any new executive branch .gov domains. The move also marks the first time a top-level domain (TLD) will enforce HTTPS across subdomains.
The Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council announced this decision to use more secure communications for all new executive branch domains just as it completes a two-year effort to migrate existing sites and services to HTTPS. The council hopes to create a model for other government domains to follow.
Despite the challenges to execute this type of technical change, “federal agencies have made very significant progress…to the point that federal use of HTTPS now outpaces the private sector,” the council said in its announcement.
US citizens can look forward to secure and private connections with their executive branch of government starting in spring 2017.