Obama may act to stop infrastructure cyber attacks

9 Aug

The Obama administration is weighing plans to use its executive power to press U.S. businesses to better protect critical industries from potentially crippling computer attacks, after Congress failed to pass such legislation last week.

President Barack Obama may use his authority to issue orders compelling or encouraging private industry to meet minimum security standards to protect their computer networks from attacks by hackers or foreign governments, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said today.

“One of the things that we have to do in the executive branch is to see what we can do to maybe put additional … guidelines or policy in place under executive branch authorities,” Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations. “If the Congress is not going to act on something like this, then the president is going to do everything possible. – Wisconsinrapidstribune

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Makaseh requires action from individuals and businesses concerned with data security, privacy and identity protection.

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