Why Obama’s Cyber Defense Order Won’t Amount to Much

There’s been a lot of rhetoric recently about the threat that cyberattacks pose to national infrastructure, but President Obama’s new executive order — with its focus on voluntary standards and information sharing — is unlikely to provide much protection. The executive order requires that new information-sharing, standards-setting, and R&D plans get up and running over the next few months to two years.Attacks on government agencies and infrastructure are apparently on the rise. Breaches reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s cyber security response team grew 52 percent to 198 attacks in 2012. Meanwhile, malware writing has become a huge industry, supported by governments and defense contractors as well as criminals. The president has called cyber threats “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges” facing the nation.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/511256/why-obamas-cyber-defense-order-wont-amount-to-much/Also see:Obama Cybersecurity Executive Order A First Step, But More Is Needed, Some Say
Obama’s executive order focuses on information sharing and works toward the establishment of cybersecurity standards, but some question whether it goes far enough

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