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Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday

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The Hill

The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill.

The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy.

The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.

Observers are expecting the president to briefly mention the need for the country to improve its defenses against cyberattacks during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney declined Monday to say whether the president would discuss cybersecurity during his Tuesday address to Congress, saying the president believes that it’s

“a very important issue.”

“It represents a huge challenge for our country. He has called on Congress to take action. Unfortunately, Congress has thus far refused legislatively,” Carney said at a press briefing with reporters. “But I don’t have any previews to provide.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/282269-white-house-poised-to-release-cybersecurity-executive-order-on-wednesday#ixzz2KeqmJtgg

 

» 8 Comments

  1. BILL

    February 12th, 2013

    “executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.”

    2 points:

    1) anyone competent running any company at all would make cyber security a priority out of a sense of self preservation.

    2) yes, we must all use standards crafted by the government because everything they do works so well. sarc!

    bs! nothing but gaining stealth control in order to regulate the internet.

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  2. BILL

    February 12th, 2013

    “establish a voluntary program ”

    oops, third point:

    we have had a shrinking economy for more than 4 years now, why aren’t they working on that?

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  3. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 12th, 2013

    Don’t need to read the article; if Obama is in favor it’s either bad or soon will be. Period.

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  4. RANDO

    February 12th, 2013

    Watch out, terrorists. They are going to ban cyber attacks.

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  5. eternal cracker p

    February 12th, 2013

    I demand you do something voluntary.

    Seriously. What a waste.

    All 1s and 0s bounce of BHO and melt into the ground. It’s about him, not the “critical infrastructure” that needs to be voluntary improved through an order.

    ‘TH?

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  6. Serious Putty

    February 12th, 2013

    …AND Photoshops!

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  7. flip

    February 12th, 2013

    My work has been under mandatory (yes, required) CIP for years. It’s not that bad.

    I’ll tell ya though, every time there’s a network glitch we’re thinking “coordinated attack!”

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  8. Moxie Man

    February 12th, 2013

    Read between the lines:

    C..E..N..S..O..R..S..H..I..P

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