Obama signs long-awaited cybersecurity executive order | Politics and Law – CNET News

Not CIPA but an “executive order”.  One way or another… watch out!

Finally was not CIPA but a “executive order” directed to the Federal Agencies.

President Obama invoked the pageantry of his State of the Union address this evening to announce a long-anticipated executive order on cybersecurity, a move that caps months of discussions with technology companies and could reduce pressure on Congress to move forward with controversial new legislation.

The order will “strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy,” Obama said.

Obama’s executive order doesn’t propose new and potentially onerous regulations targeting private businesses, which Democrats had proposed in their unsuccessful legislation last year. It also doesn’t appear to rewrite privacy laws by allowing companies to share confidential information with intelligence agencies without oversight, which Republicans had suggested in their own bill, also unsuccessful, called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA.

Because it’s an executive order rather than a new law, it’s restricted to directing the activities of federal agencies and is much less likely to be controversial. Some of the components include: expanding “real time sharing of cyber threat information” to companies that operate critical infrastructure, asking NIST to devise cybersecurity standards, and proposing a “review of existing cybersecurity regulation.” ‘

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