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Cybersecurity legislation is still needed according to lawmakers

Cybersecurity today is a huge issue not only for businesses and individuals in the United States, but also for the federal government. Defense News reports that the White House is working with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and others to draft an executive order to counter cybersecurity threats. 
 
The cybersecurity effort from the White House and other governmental agencies comes after the U.S. Senate failed in an attempt to pass its own cybersecurity legislation. The legislation from the U.S. Senate would have set security standards for companies who operate critical systems for the United States infrastructure such as the electrical grid, water treatment facilities, and transportation systems.
 
An executive order on cybersecurity will not replace the need for cybersecurity legislation according to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. She says that the Executive Order will be less effective than legislation because it can't do several important things. An Executive Order is unable to do things such as provide liability protections for certain companies who are victims of cyber attacks, increase criminal penalties for cyber criminals, and provide the DHS with funding to hire and pay competitive salaries to cybersecurity workers.
 
Napolitano said, "We still need cyber legislation."
 
Some senators have little hope that cybersecurity legislation would be passed during the lame-duck session following the November elections.
 
Senator Joseph Lieberman said, "I would not count on it. The sooner the executive branch is ready to try to fill whatever gaps it can, the safer the country will be." 

Source: Defense News



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oh God not again!
By Pneumothorax on 9/20/2012 9:18:49 AM , Rating: 5
Executive orders and Executive 'privilege' need to be heavily neutered by a Constitutional Amendment!




RE: oh God not again!
By FITCamaro on 9/20/2012 11:12:53 AM , Rating: 3
They already are. The President has the authority issue orders on things the President has authority over through the executive branch.

It does NOT allow them to issue executive orders changing laws or essentially creating new ones.

But this President doesn't care about that. His attitude is "If they don't do it, I will." He has stated this. That we can't wait. Wrong. We can wait. That's why we have 3 branches of government. Not one.


RE: oh God not again!
By FITCamaro on 9/20/2012 11:14:38 AM , Rating: 1
We simply lack Congressman with the political courage to use the constitutional check (impeachment) that is theirs to wield.


RE: oh God not again!
By NellyFromMA on 9/20/2012 12:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
What's the impeachable offense?


RE: oh God not again!
By Schrag4 on 9/20/2012 1:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
We might actually know, if Obama hadn't used executive privilege to protect Eric Holder over Fast and Furious. I have to believe that he didn't really do it to protect Holder. There must have been something pretty damning of the White House in those documents for Obama to have injected himself like that.


RE: oh God not again!
By Ish718 on 9/20/2012 3:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
That whole situation goes much deeper than Obama or Holder...


RE: oh God not again!
By semiconshawn on 9/21/2012 1:38:57 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Deeper than the president of the USA? Who is guilty God? Lets have some facts Ish.


RE: oh God not again!
By anactoraaron on 9/20/2012 11:19:06 AM , Rating: 2
What is a shame is that executive orders are always used for this kind of nonsense.

Would be great if an executive order could revive the bipartisan bill that died yesterday in the senate (killed by republicans and I don't know why) that would have helped returning soldiers get jobs...


RE: oh God not again!
By aharris02 on 9/20/2012 2:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, we don't have time to wait for Congress to hammer out a cybersecurity protection plan for the Federal Government. Protection for that infrastructure is absolutely needed today. Not tomorrow, not next month, and not next year.

I wouldn't trust this Congress to pull together a comprehensive plan within the next twelve months, much less approve it, and the chances are even slimmer that it will be effective when you consider the general level of technical understanding Congress has demonstrated to date.


RE: oh God not again!
By Ammohunt on 9/20/2012 12:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
To play devils advocate executive order is there to protect the republic when threats materialize faster than congress can react. Considering we have the most inept congress in United States history i don't see any other way to get these types of protections or efforts in place in a time frame that matters.


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