Cybersecurity: Legislation

Stewart Baker Speculates about a Cybersecurity Executive Order

By Benjamin Wittes
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 7:18 AM

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Stewart Baker wonders how much President Obama could get done with an executive order on cybersecurity---now that the legislation has failed. Quite a lot, he argues:

In short, an aggressive executive order could do as much or more than the bills that were emerging from the lobbyist-ridden cybersecurity negotiations on the Hill.  An order would be controversial, but the controversy itself may be welcomed by the administration.  I have no doubt that right now it would relish a fight over national security with the Chamber of Commerce. (Whether it would welcome a tussle with privacy groups is less clear, so the information sharing problem may be left to fester. )

With substance and politics in alignment, it’s easy to see why rumors are flying about a pending order.