In skimming through the Twitter stream this afternoon we came across an interesting article on Tech Dirt from late last week with what looks to be an actual marked-up draft copy of Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) that we wrote about last week. In that story we discussed how Jason Miller from Fed News Radio saw the draft and his original reports were based on that. Unfortunately, the only thing that was missing was … well … the actual draft. And it looks like this is what Tech Dirt presumably found a copy of (though not necessarily the one Jason saw). If this turns out to be a real draft, it doesn’t really change anything though. Basically the original reporting was spot on…
Earlier this week, we wrote about how the White House was working on an executive order to act as a “stand in” for cybersecurity legislation that has so far failed to pass Congress (CISPA passed in the House, but a different effort, the Cybersecurity Act, failed in the Senate, and it would have been difficult to get the two houses aligned anyway). Last weekend Jason Miller from Federal News Radio wrote about a draft he saw… but failed to share the actual draft. We got our hands on a draft (and confirmed what it was with multiple sources) and wanted to share it, as these kinds of things deserve public scrutiny and discussion. It’s embedded below. As expected, it does have elements of the Lieberman/Collins bill (to the extent that the White House actually can do things without legislation). It’s also incredibly vague. The specific requirements for government agencies are left wide open to interpretation. For example, the State Dept. should engage other governments about protecting infrastructure. Well, duh. As expected, most stuff focuses on Homeland Security and its responsibilities to investigate a variety of different cybersecurity issues — but, again, it’s left pretty vague.
Continue here to read the full article as well as get a look at the draft.
So what do you think of the draft EO? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from FloppingAces.net. See ya!