White House Issues Executive Order on CyberSecurity

February 28, 2013

The Obama Administration has long expressed concerns about the vulnerability of America’s critical infrastructure to cyber-attack. On February 12, 2013, the day of the President’s State of the Union address, the Administration issued an Executive Order on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The Order seeks to further a variety of important cybersecurity objectives, including the formation of a system that would allow the government to disseminate information about cyber attacks more quickly to suspected infrastructure targets, and the development of a “Framework” for reducing risks from cyber-attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure. Through measures intended to build a partnership between government and the private and quasi-private entities responsible for maintaining the nation’s critical infrastructure, the Executive Order seeks to foster a cyber environment that “encourages efficiency, innovation, and economic prosperity while promoting safety, security, business confidentiality, privacy, and civil liberties.” This Dechert OnPoint outlines the Executive Order’s key provisions.

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