Government Technology

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity



February 13, 2013 By

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, President Obama signed an executive order on cybersecurity -- an order that aims to increase cyber defenses of our nation's critical infrastructure, improve information sharing about cyberthreats between the public and private sectors, and establish a framework of cybersecurity best practices.

There has been talk of such an order since August 2012, following the Cybersecurity Act's failure to pass in Congress. Obama signaled he may invoke his power of executive order to pass similar legislation, and on Sept. 19, 2012, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the executive order on cybersecurity was “close to completion.”  

But it wasn't quite ready back then, and the White House worked on crafting the order for the last several months, The Hill reported

Then, during Obama's State of the Union address the evening of Feb. 12, he referenced the severity of cyberattacks. 

"We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private email. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets," Obama said during his address. "Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems."


View Full Story

| More

Comments

D reim    |    Commented February 13, 2013

This is absolute Bull***. No wonder congress didn't act on this, it's absolutely useless.

Thai Law Forum    |    Commented February 14, 2013

What’s worse – the President’s blatant disregard for the First Amendment and a free press, his violation of the separation of powers in bypassing Congress and signing the decree into law, or the privacy-attacking cyber security policy itself? Here's what we thought about the general lack of constitutionality in all of this: http://www.thailawforum.com/blog/obama-signs-unconstitutional-exec-order-on-cyber-security

Get Real    |    Commented February 14, 2013

The reason the president came up with this order is because Congress could not agree on a Cyber Security measure. If they could have pulled their heads out and come up with something he would not have to. Is it better to wait on them and get hacked or to have him get the ball rolling with something. Because my guess is, if he would have done nothing and a major department got hacked you would be all over him for doing nothing.

Tim    |    Commented March 27, 2013

Doesn't this fall staight back on Homeland Security, and what they are able to do? Would this just not be another "perk" for HS? I'm sorry who was it that started Homeland Security again? I don't agree with any of it, but if your gonna gripe about this, then gripe about that!!


Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Maintain Your IT Budget with Consistent Compliance Practices
Between the demands of meeting federal IT compliance mandates, increasing cybersecurity threats, and ever-shrinking budgets, it’s not uncommon for routine maintenance tasks to slip among state and local government IT departments. If it’s been months, or even only days, since you have maintained your systems, your agency may not be prepared for a compliance audit—and that could have severe financial consequences. Regardless of your mission, consistent systems keep your data secure, your age
Best Practice Guide for Cloud and As-A-Service Procurements
While technology service options for government continue to evolve, procurement processes and policies have remained firmly rooted in practices that are no longer effective. This guide, built upon the collaborative work of state and local government and industry executives, outlines and explains the changes needed for more flexible and agile procurement processes.
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
View All

Featured Papers