Napolitano: Executive order on cybersecurity is 'close to completion'Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 03:08
Napolitano: Executive order on cybersecurity is 'close to completion'
By Jennifer Martinez - 09/19/12 11:53 AM ET
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday said the cybersecurity executive order that the White House is drafting is "close to completion."
At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Napolitano said the executive order is "still being drafted in the inter-agency process" and "is close to completion depending on a few issues that need to be resolved at the highest levels."
She said the draft order still needs to be reviewed by President Obama.
The White House is crafting a draft executive order aimed at protecting the nation from cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure, such as the electric grid, water systems and transportation networks. The order would create a voluntary program in which companies operating key infrastructure would elect to meet a set of security standards developed, in part, by the government.