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Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

By - Source: ZDNet | B 19 comments

Comes ahead of controversial privacy bill CISPA.

As expected, U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a cybersecurity executive order following months of discussions with technology firms.

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 during his State of the Union address.

The executive order doesn't propose new regulations that target private businesses, nor does it seemingly rewrite privacy laws by allowing companies to share confidential information with government agencies without permission.

Republicans are still wishing to do exactly that in their own bill called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. Obama's order has, however, eased the pressure on Congress to progress with the controversial bill. Still, it'll be reintroduced on February 13 by House Intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican.

As the president signed an executive order as opposed to a new law, the U.S. government is restricted in directing the activities of federal agencies. Some aspects of the order includes expanding "real time sharing of cyber threat information" to firms that operate critical infrastructure, as well as proposing a "review of existing cybersecurity regulation."

"Rather than having the government monitor private networks, it is better for security and privacy to have private entities protect their own systems and networks. Better sharing of what the government knows will enhance that effort," said Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

 

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    NightLight , February 13, 2013 8:10 PM
    simple protection: don't wire those machines to the internet. /solved
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2013 8:57 PM
    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 during his State of the Union address.

    Our privacy? He just signed on another 5 years of the Patriot Act of which he was supposedly against and he's worried about our privacy? What a hypocrite!
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    koga73 , February 13, 2013 8:32 PM
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    The internet should not be ruled by any one nation but should have it's own governing body separate and without intrusion of any particular government.


    Disagree the internet does not NEED a "governing body" and if there were one it would be controlled by government. The internet needs to remain open and free. Any form of governance will lead to more.

    I feel like this article talks more about what the executive order doesn't do than what it does... Information sharing... thats kind of vague and what was stopping people from sharing this information before?!
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    wannabepro , February 13, 2013 8:05 PM
    I am a Republican.. But this man, this Mike Rogers, he shames us all.

    He should resign, and then cast himself into a sea of raging redditors for his misdeeds.
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    NightLight , February 13, 2013 8:10 PM
    simple protection: don't wire those machines to the internet. /solved
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2013 8:15 PM
    Increasing information sharing? Sounds like a juicy target for the next generation of hackers to get past this "new and advanced" security technology...SEEMS LEGIT RIGHT?!
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    yamahahornist , February 13, 2013 8:18 PM
    Sounds like Internet regulations to me....... Get out of my freaking Internet Obama!
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    instinctgone , February 13, 2013 8:25 PM
    biohazrdfearIncreasing information sharing? Sounds like a juicy target for the next generation of hackers to get past this "new and advanced" security technology...SEEMS LEGIT RIGHT?!


    Defeats the purpose of the internet. It was created and instituted as a means to share information among many users over great distances at great speed. The internet should not be ruled by any one nation but should have it's own governing body separate and without intrusion of any particular government.
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    Immoral Medic , February 13, 2013 8:28 PM
    Soooo....file sharing. I wonder if they will get 6 strikes :) 
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    koga73 , February 13, 2013 8:32 PM
    Quote:
    The internet should not be ruled by any one nation but should have it's own governing body separate and without intrusion of any particular government.


    Disagree the internet does not NEED a "governing body" and if there were one it would be controlled by government. The internet needs to remain open and free. Any form of governance will lead to more.

    I feel like this article talks more about what the executive order doesn't do than what it does... Information sharing... thats kind of vague and what was stopping people from sharing this information before?!
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    drbaltazar , February 13, 2013 8:42 PM
    yep,USA is doing exactly the reverse of what is needed,basicly giving everybody a back door ,he doesn't understand that if there is a backdoor ,there is no way to prevent its use,whatever his specialist say,countless hacker that hack to secure corp can tell .he should have ordered all backdoor on every device closed instead,now corp won't bother closing those ,government want everything open (prostitute come to mind)yep ,show me the money honey we (everybody with an access to those gateway)got your fantasy!yep we re back to square one about 300 years ago.sad!
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2013 8:57 PM
    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 during his State of the Union address.

    Our privacy? He just signed on another 5 years of the Patriot Act of which he was supposedly against and he's worried about our privacy? What a hypocrite!
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    master_chen , February 13, 2013 10:11 PM
    >Increasing information sharing
    >Protection

    Pick one, mister President... :\
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    southernshark , February 13, 2013 10:40 PM
    Dems will still love this President no matter how many rights of theirs he takes away. Somehow they will blame George Bush.... at least in their minds... if they have minds.
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    azraa , February 13, 2013 10:53 PM
    Bah, as an outsider, I despise you hating on Obama.
    Whether it be a republican or a democrat, Romney or Obama or Bush, this is typical USA bullshit. This kind of fucking power hungry control lust is just a response for your country being a very weak world power in terms of cyber security, oh and continuing to support outdated business models (hollywood, record labels). So, what does a someone with that amount of power? seize control. Basic human psychology, anyway

    Blame your stupid legislations, not the man.
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    3lackdeath , February 14, 2013 12:26 AM
    @azraa, I totally agree with you, these idiots are trying to blame everything on Obama even though it's their technology firms that opted for it...
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    madjimms , February 14, 2013 1:16 AM
    azraaBah, as an outsider, I despise you hating on Obama.Whether it be a republican or a democrat, Romney or Obama or Bush, this is typical USA bullshit. This kind of fucking power hungry control lust is just a response for your country being a very weak world power in terms of cyber security, oh and continuing to support outdated business models (hollywood, record labels). So, what does a someone with that amount of power? seize control. Basic human psychology, anywayBlame your stupid legislations, not the man.

    3lackdeath@azraa, I totally agree with you, these idiots are trying to blame everything on Obama even though it's their technology firms that opted for it...



    YES!
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    MaxTesla , February 14, 2013 2:48 AM
    southernsharkDems will still love this President no matter how many rights of theirs he takes away. Somehow they will blame George Bush.... at least in their minds... if they have minds.



    Did you read the article??


    The executive order doesn't propose new regulations that target private businesses, nor does it seemingly rewrite privacy laws by allowing companies to share confidential information with government agencies without permission.

    Republicans are still wishing to do exactly that in their own bill called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. Obama's order has, however, eased the pressure on Congress to progress with the controversial bill. Still, it'll be reintroduced on February 13 by House Intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican.
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    thecolorblue , February 14, 2013 9:39 AM
    MaxTeslaDid you read the article??The executive order doesn't propose new regulations that target private businesses, nor does it seemingly rewrite privacy laws by allowing companies to share confidential information with government agencies without permission.Republicans are still wishing to do exactly that in their own bill called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA. Obama's order has, however, eased the pressure on Congress to progress with the controversial bill. Still, it'll be reintroduced on February 13 by House Intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican.

    clueless Obama fanboys are worse than clueless republican drones.
    Obama has already come out in support of CISPA and has encouraged congress to pass it so that he can sign it. STOP WATCHING CORPORATE MEDIA and maybe you will begin to recover from the brainwashing that has turned you into Democrat-vs-republican (us vs them) idiot
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    susyque747 , February 14, 2013 1:03 PM
    All hail the little dictator wannabe Obama.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2013 2:53 PM
    So...this bill does not propose new regulations or rewrite privacy bills? What does it do? I mean, other than make the president look good?
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    lordstormdragon , February 14, 2013 6:30 PM
    Fortunately "executive orders" only apply to the Executive Branch of the Fed. They mean nothing to sovereign individuals, and should be ignored outright by anyone who isn't a slave. I've sworn no oath to this dickhead, he swore to uphold our rights and now he just shits all over them. An eye for an eye, a shit for a shit.
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