• Obama Administration Releases Highly Anticipated Cybersecurity Executive Order
  • February 15, 2013 | Authors: Lawrence J. Bracken; John J. Delionado; Maida Oringher Lerner; Aaron P. Simpson; Evan Wolff
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  • On February 12, 2013, the Obama Administration released an executive order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the “Executive Order”), which is focused primarily on government actions to support critical infrastructure owners and operators in protecting their systems and networks from cyber threats. The Executive Order requires administrative agencies with cybersecurity responsibilities to (1) share information in the near-term with the private sector within the scope of their current authority and to develop processes to address cyber risks; and (2) review and report to the President on the sufficiency of their current cyber authorities. The requirements to review and report to the President likely will serve to pressure Congress to pass more comprehensive legislation that should, inter alia, address issues that an executive order cannot, such as the provision of liability protection, incentives for compliance, and regulatory authority to compel compliance.