White House Announces Cybersecurity Executive Order

02.13.2013

Background: The White House yesterday announced an Executive Order that establishes a framework for adopting cybersecurity standards under a voluntary and collaborative framework.

The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.:

“Security of cyberspace is a pressing national imperative, and today’s Executive Order takes some important steps toward achieving policy goals that will help protect our nation from harmful threats. The order will facilitate national cybersecurity policy goals by directing federal agencies to reduce duplicative and excessively burdensome cybersecurity requirements. We’re pleased that the order reaffirms the importance of public-private partnerships in assessing and combatting threats, a strategy we believe is highly effective. But we recognize that a strong cybersecurity policy is best achieved through enactment of legislation that enables appropriate sharing of information between government and industry, such as the bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., that passed the House last year and is being reintroduced today.”