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Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

February 13, 2013 | 1 Comment | Mark Russinovich

President Obama highlighted the need for cybersecurity in his 2013 State of the Union Address:

America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber attacks.

Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems.

We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy. That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information-sharing and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy.

But now — now Congress must act, as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks. This is something we should be able to get done on a bipartisan basis.

The same day he issued an executive order aimed at information sharing with private industry to improve the cybersecurity of our national critical infrastructure systems.

 

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One Response to “Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”

  1. GT says:

    I have a blog about current events and related novels and I just used Zero Day for a post about the China hacks and the DOD response: http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/cyber-attacks-cyber-terrorism.html

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