By Taylor Armerding
President Obama's draft of an Executive Order (EO) to implement some of the provisions of the 2012 Cyber Security Act (CSA), which failed in the U.S. Senate earlier this month, has reignited the debate over government's role in cybersecurity.
Executive order would not allow 'meaningful leap' on cybersecurity
The Hill reported last week that the draft is circulating among federal agencies for feedback, and RT reported Wednesday that the White House had leaked a copy of the draft to Associated Press.
Multiple reports said one of the key elements of the draft is that it will establish a cybersecurity council chaired by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will develop a report to determine which agencies should regulate which parts of the nation's "critical infrastructure."
Other provisions are that it would require government information sharing about threats, create voluntary standards for critical infrastructure industries, strengthen oversight of cybersecurity by regulatory agencies, and use federal procurement as a means of pressuring companies to improve security.
Source: Network World