Exec Orders on Cybersecurity Due Tomorrow
But White House still wants Congress to act
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2013 11:56 AM CST
President Obama is expected to announce executive orders to improve cybersecurity for American's critical infrastructure as early as tomorrow.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – President Obama's hotly rumored executive orders to beef up cybersecurity for companies operating America's critical infrastructure are coming tomorrow morning, sources tell the Hill. Obama is expected to mention cybersecurity briefly in tonight's State of the Union address, as he did in last year's; but, with Congress failing to pass legislation last year, analysts think Obama could press the issue with executive orders.

Security experts say there's no time to wait with America's critical infrastructure, such as water plants and the electric grid, vulnerable to attack. But executive actions are only a piece of the puzzle: They can't grant new powers or authority to federal agencies, which means that Congress will still have to act. “We need comprehensive cybersecurity legislation,” says a White House cybersecurity director. Click for more on China's cyberattacks on the US.

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logicaldood
Feb 18, 2013 10:24 PM CST
Is this part of what Obama said to Putin when he said he would have, quote, "more flexibility after the election"? More what? More power to control the people? How many more executive orders does he have up his sleeve?
right2dave
Feb 12, 2013 10:54 PM CST
Child safety software to be installed?
thesecondsfade
Feb 12, 2013 1:51 PM CST
This is just SOPA all over again. When will the government realize that they can't govern the Internet. Make your networks more.secure. That's how you combat cyber attacks.