"It remains to be seen whether the government has useful intelligence that can help bolster commercial sector security or is the benefit the other way around," Pingree said.
Several Democratic lawmakers were quick to welcome the executive order but insisted that legislation is required to fully address long-term security needs.
"The voluntary framework and information sharing improvements developed under this issuance are vital components of ensuring the security and resiliency of our critical infrastructure," said Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee
But "more action is needed to address cybersecurity and I still believe that bipartisan legislation offers the best long-term solution to this serious security threat," he said in a statement.
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