Cybersecurity executive order “pretty much just happens”

On Feb. 13, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order (throwback to the spot-on SNL sketch) strengthening the cyber security of the nation and urging businesses to work hand in hand with the government to protect against the threat of cyberterrorism.

This Politico article summarizes the order, quoting Obama saying, “There’s only one way to defend America from cyberthreats, and that’s government and industry working together [and] sharing appropriate information.”
You would think Obama would see this request for cyber information as more fuel to add to the Republican fire, as many people spoke against the request, advocating for private business affairs.
“A major issue with President Obama’s executive order, and the entire concept of information sharing more broadly, so far, is that private sector organizations are legitimately concerned that voluntarily sharing information will expose them to potentially significant sources of liability,” Roberta D. Anderson, attorney with K&L Gates, told Advisen.
Poitico described the general reaction to the order as “predictably partisan,” but what isn’t these days? Although most would agree that ensuring cyber security is a priority, this order for the sharing of private information is just the first step. The article quotes California Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, saying, “We still need to do more.”
To read the executive order in full, see here.

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