Federal Hot Minute Sept. 17, 2012

      When Congress was unable to pass CyberSecurity legislation earlier this summer, the White House indicated it may issue an Executive Order adopting portions of the bill that died in the Senate.

      National Defense magazine writes that Congress could not overcome the “divisive issues such as privacy rights, government overreach, liability and financial burdens on companies, and turf battles over whether Defense or Homeland Security should be in charge.”

      In urging the President to issue this Executive Order, Senator Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that “The threats …..are simply too great to wait for legislation."

      CQ quoted Feinstein as saying, the Executive Order “can issue cybersecurity standards and provide technical assistance to companies willing to take voluntary steps to improve their security".

      For an opposing viewpoint, Forbes Magazine ran an editorial by contributor Richard Steinnon stating that no Executive Order is necessary at all.

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