September 7, 2012
The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at
protecting the country from cyberattacks, The Hill has learned.
The draft proposal, which has been sent to relevant federal agencies
for feedback, is a clear sign that the administration is resolved to
take action on cybersecurity even as Congress remains gridlocked on
legislation that would address the threat
The draft executive order would establish a voluntary program where
companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet
cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the
government, according to two people familiar with the document.
The concept builds off of a section in the cybersecurity bill from
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) that was blocked last month by Senate
Republicans, who called it a backdoor to new regulations.