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Executive order could institute controversial cybersecurity measures

According to published reports, a purported draft executive order circulating in Washington could revive measures from the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill that failed in Congress amid partisan discord.

The draft order is said to still be undergoing revisions, but likely will involve the institution of a voluntary program for private companies operating critical infrastructure to cooperate with government-instituted standards and best practices, The Hill reported. The program would be led by the Homeland Security Department and include the Commerce and Defense departments, as well as others still being determined. While DHS would manage the program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology would work with industry in crafting the framework.

If the idea sounds familiar, it’s because it was part of the failed cybersecurity bill spearheaded by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). It was also a chief concern of opponents to the bill who felt the measure would lead to the government effectively controlling private networks.

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