So after last week Obama is considering an Executive Order (EO) to implement some of the aspects of the “cyber” security bill defeated in the Senate. This might bode well giving the prevalence of one Executive Order we remember using back in the day. Unfortunately no one on our staff can remember (or find) the exact one but we remember using it to hammer security into non-conforming customers. It was the only thing we had to “force” them into doing ANY security at all. I don’t know much about the whole political process but you would think EOs would not be as enforceable as laws. Perhaps EOs only affect government while laws affect everyone. Some sources mention EOs being interpretations of the Constitution or law (help us @theprez98 … you’re our only hope). Anyway, makes you wonder why we even have a Congress…
The Obama administration is considering exercising the White House’s executive authority to impose cybersecurity mandates after lawmakers failed to adopt legislation to implement those measures, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said on Tuesday.
Those options include President Obama possibly introducing several cybersecurity measures via presidential executive orders, according to White House chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan.
“We will see what we can do … the critical infrastructure of this country is under threat” by cyberattacks from state and non-state actors, Brennan said during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
The administration’s counterterrorism chief did not go into detail as to what specific measures the White House may pursue under executive authority to mitigate the cyber threat.
Kudos/in-post creds to anyone who tips us off of the exact EO. And if anyone could explain the exact way EOs work, that’d be appreciate too. Today’s post pic is from FloppingAces.net.