Jenner & Block

Client Alert: President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity; Cyber Threat To Critical Infrastructure A Matter Of National Security

On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order, entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity," establishing that the President considers cyber threats “one of the most serious national security challenges”. The authors, Partners Mary Ellen Callahan, Daniel Chudd, and Douglas Sondgeroth and Associate Rukku Singla, explain the critical importance of the Order for businesses in all industries, especially those that contract with the government, both because of the significant threats cyber attacks pose and because the effort to improve the nation’s cybersecurity will involve virtually all major federal agencies. First, there is the priority attached to cybersecurity, second, the aggressive schedule for implementation and, third, the incentives to private companies to voluntarily adopt the Framework.