President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity


On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued a long-anticipated Executive Order concerning cybersecurity entitled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Executive Order marks a major milestone in the Federal Government’s effort to guard against the growing cyber threat, but by its terms the Executive Order is inherently limited. In his State of the Unionaddress, President Obama called on Congress to pass legislation “to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.”

Overview of the President’s Executive Order -

The President’s Executive Order seeks to address cybersecurity concerns with a series of largely voluntary measures designed to increase information sharing from the Government and to develop industry best practices through voluntary mechanisms and incentives. The key components of the Order include...

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