Obama may start CISPA-style cybersecurity with Executive Order

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CISPA, blocked last April in the Senate for overruling privacy protections for citizens, may be put into place by Executive Order.

Last April, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, but the Senate blocked it, despite the threat of a White House veto. In the story, “White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity,” in The Hill's Hillicon Valley blog, “two people familiar with the document,” give details of the reborn cybersecurity bill.

The planning started back in the spring immediately after the CISPA bill was stopped. Supporters push the need for better cybersecurity for key systems like the power grid, water supply, and transportation networks. The Department of Homeland Security would lead the effort, although The Hill says DHS, “has a spotty track record when it comes to leading national security efforts.”

Wrong approach

If laws aren't good enough to get through Congress, we don't need them - regardless of "for our own good." What's next? Executive orders to eat broccoli?

Trader.Jo on thehill.com

it’s more about industrial control systems. The companies that manufacture hardware and software for heavy industry haven’t really been taking cybersecurity seriously.

gogadgetgo on theverge.com

Enough people with clout will want to prevent "hackers" from messing with their businesses and will accept whatever line of thinking is promised to deliver them from this evil.

jeremymims on news.ycombinator.com


Sopa, Pippa, Cispa may still take effect due to a New World Order: If you can't have it voted on by House and Senate, or approved by United Nations, jam it down the American's throats with the stroke of President Obama's pen.

TheMissesHelp on thehill.com

If reelected we’re going to see a lot more of this Executive Order business. There’s a reason we have 3 branches of Government and not a King and Serfs.

jas0nmack on theverge.com

Let's call this EO what it is: erosion of privacy, redux.

taw9 on news.ycombinator.com


Hopefully this’ll at least lead companies to share best practices (although there’s a fair deal of no-brainers here – like not setting default usernames and passwords on your control systems before shipping them).

gogadgetgo on theverge.com

nothing in the Lieberman bill that this EO is patterned on creates enforcement mechanisms for IP and copyright enforcement, or for collecting customer information from ISPs. Of course, neither did the GOP's CISPA bill. That's because neither regulatory effort is about user information.

tptacek on news.ycombinator.com

It’s really past time for this country to get serious about Cyber Security. Kudos WH.

JALee8 on theverge.com

Outside the public privacy rights issue, do you think American infrastructure is protected from cyber attacks? Explain your answer.

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