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Sen. Rockefeller Asks Obama to Use Executive Order to Bolster Cybersecurity

John Rockefeller

Senator John Rockefeller is asking President Obama to use his executive power to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, Federal Times reports.

Rockefeller said that portions of the rejected cybersecurity act that he co-authored could be implemented via executive order.

The bill sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, Dianne Feinstein, and Rockefeller sets voluntary cyber standards for private companies operating electric grids, water treatment facilities, and transportation systems.

The Senate rejected Cybersecurity Act S. 3414 earlier this month.

Last week, White House Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan said that President Obama is considering using an executive order and is in the process of seeing what aspects of cybersecurity come under executive authority.

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