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Report: Agencies Looking at Draft WH Cyber Order

The White House is seeking approval from agencies for a draft executive order on responsibilities for cybersecurity management and enforcement, AOL Government reports.

According to Colin Clark and Henry Kenyon, the executive order is intended to mirror the goals of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which the Senate rejected.

AOL Defense obtained a copy of the document which contained rules on how federal agencies impose cyber defense regulations and requirements for various sectors.

It directs Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology in assembling a framework for addressing threats against critical infrastructure.

The order also authorizes Napolitano to create a voluntary program which will encourage private companies to accept that framework, AOL reports.

More classified details contained in the order will be announced if it is released after Thanksgiving, as planned.

The executive order will contain some differences with the Lieberman-Collins bill.

It will charge both NIST and DHS for framework development instead of delegating it solely to the DHS and rely on existing authorities of related agencies, with AOL reporting the order may not be able to protect all critical infrastructure sectors.

The Senate version of the bill provided DHS with the power to regulate all critical infrastructures except when there is sufficient regulation.

DHS will also have freedom to create and develop the details of the voluntary and regulatory programs, while the original legislation left that task with owners and operators with DHS handling assessment.

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