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    Obama's Next Executive Order: Planning for the Sake of Planning Not the Answer

    In the world of cybersecurity, all eyes are on the White House as experts speculate on President Obama’s plans to issue an executive order to secure the cyber sector by administrative fiat. Yet, according to drafts circulating Washington, Obama’s executive order wouldn’t be focused on cybersecurity alone. Instead, the Administration’s … More

    Congressional Cybersecurity Funding Clarified

    In an Issue Brief published yesterday, Heritage raised some questions about the wording of funding language in the continuing resolution (CR) pending before the House of Representatives that might permit President Obama to fund the implementation of his proposed cybersecurity executive order, instead of more clearly necessary and appropriate activities, … More

    A Cybersecurity Executive Order Could Harm Security

    With reports of a draft executive order on cybersecurity being circulated, it now seems likely that President Obama will go forward with this flawed approach. The peculiar thing is that the order does not seem to add anything new. If that is true, why is the President expending political capital … More

    Executive Orders in Cybersecurity Result in Incomplete and Empty Solutions

    Over the weekend, a draft of a cybersecurity executive order was shown to members of the press. Leaked reports of secretive decision making are what the U.S. gets when the President decides to ignore the democratic process and implement rules by executive fiat. The U.S. also gets policies that are … More

    A Cybersecurity Executive Fiat Is a Very Bad Idea

    There are reports circulating that the White House has drafted an executive order to implement cybersecurity regulations. Congress—the representatives of the people— could not come to a sufficient level of agreement needed by the Constitution to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Now, a few Senators say they know better … More

    Cybersecurity: President Threatens to Override Congress

    The signs are growing that President Obama may once again trot out his new favorite tool—the executive order—to override the will of the people as represented by Congress. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) failed to get the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 passed. Even with the last-minute horse trading that … More

    Cybersecurity Laws Shouldn’t Be Made by Executive Fiat

    Last Friday, Heritage’s Steve Bucci wrote a piece on the defeat of the cybersecurity legislation in the Senate and called for President Obama to respect the will of the people’s duly elected representatives. However, President Obama seems to have missed that blog, since over the weekend, White House press secretary … More

    When It Comes to Cybersecurity, a Flexible Approach Is Key

    A majority of Americans agree that sharing information on cybersecurity threats is the best way to protect the country’s networks. According to a Washington Post poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans support responsible information sharing, while only 39 percent of Americans support the idea of mandatory regulations. These percentages span party … More

    Stuxnet Revelation Continues Obama Administration Trend of Classified Leaks

    The New York Times revealed today in a major news article that the well-known Stuxnet malware attack on the Iranian nuclear program was, in fact, an American operation. Most experts had felt that was the most logical conclusion, but it had never been confirmed. The Times report is based on … More

    DARPA Cranks Up Cyber Effort with “Plan X”

    It seems that the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has decided that drastic measures are needed to address the Defense Department’s cyber needs, both offensive and defensive. The decision is clearly the right one; it is simply amazing that in the face of ever-growing cyberattacks, it has taken them … More