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White House Considers Executive Cybersecurity Order

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

August 10, 2012

White House Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan has said the administration is exploring whether to issue an executive order to protect the nation’s infrastructure, Reuters reports. Given the grim outlook for a Senate cybersecurity bill endorsed by President Barack Obama, Brennan said an order from the president would be a “good vehicle” to push government agencies to “make sure the nation is protected.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has said the cybersecurity bill would be burdensome on companies, while The Silicon Valley Leadership Group—comprising 375 members—supports the bill. If Congress is not going to act, “then the president wants to make sure we are doing everything possible,” Brennan said.
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