Executive Order Opens Consultative Processes to Draft Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure

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On February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order aimed at enhancing the security of U.S. critical infrastructure by establishing a voluntary program for the adoption of cybersecurity standards to protect critical infrastructure, as well as a public-private partnership for information sharing.

The Executive Order focuses on three themes: (1) information sharing, (2) privacy, and (3) standards and best practices. Each of these could significantly affect companies in sectors associated with critical infrastructure, as well as any business that relies heavily on the Internet.

This alert seeks to answer questions that owners and operators of critical infrastructure may have regarding the Executive Order and how they may participate in the development of cybersecurity standards and policy moving forward.

Please see full alert below for more information.

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Topics:  Barack Obama, Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Executive Orders, Federal Procurement Systems, Information Sharing, Infrastructure, NIST, Patriot Act, Presidential Directives, Voluntary Standards

Published In: Elections & Politics Updates, Government Contracting Updates, Privacy Updates, Science, Computers & Technology Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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