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Submission + - Cybersecurity Executive Order Short on Action, Long on Voluntary Initiatives (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: The executive order that President Barack Obama signed yesterday in advance of his State of the Union Address contains a lot of provisions for information sharing on attacks and threats on critical infrastructure, and also calls for the development of a framework to reduce cybersecurity risks in federal agencies and critical infrastructure. What the order does not include are any mandates, required changes or a plan for significant action.
The most-discussed section of the executive order on cybersecurity is the one that directs the attorney general, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of national Intelligence to establish an information-sharing program that will produce unclassified reports on "cyber threats to the U.S. homeland that identify a specific targeted entity." However, this is not the broad, two-way sharing of attack and threat data between the government and the private sector that some in the security community had been pushing for. Rather, it's a program designed to let intelligence agencies and the DHS take some of the data they gather on current attacks and notify targeted agencies about the attacks.

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