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Senators Call for Executive Order on Cybersecurity

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September 19, 2012

Two U. S. Senators are calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order aimed at protecting the nation from cyber attacks, The Hill reports. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter this week urging the president to have Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano form an inter-agency group to “develop, in close collaboration with the private sector, voluntary standards for digital safeguards for our nation’s critical infrastructure,” the report states. While Congress remains gridlocked on cybersecurity legislation, the senators said urgent action is critical. They note, however, that an executive order would not provide companies incentives for subscribing to such voluntary standards.
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