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Cyber Policy Updates Written By La...

Cyber Policy Updates Written By Law Students

eWhite House Watch features concise updates on cyber policy issued by the Office of the President of the United States (POTUS). Monitored and written primarily by law students, each eWHW cyber policy update is presented in an easy-to-scan format that includes links to POTUS announcements, federal and state proposed legislation, breaking news, updates, cyber policy committee reports, and more.

Technology + Privacy + Politics

Technology + Privacy + Politics

Striking the proper balance of benefits between technological advances and privacy protection has always posed challenges. Today, the challenges are even greater as technology significantly outpaces privacy protections; and the need for greater recognition of this reality and honest public discourse is more pressing than ever. eWhite House Watch monitors the cyber agenda so you can be informed and partake in the debate.

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New to the Cyber World?

Visit our special feature, Origins: The White House Cyber Agenda for details on the current administration's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. Learn More

Companion Blog: eLessons Learned

Companion Blog: eLessons Learned

The creator of eWhite House Watch also created eLessons Learned with a similar vision in mind: To provide readers with useful and timely information about how technology impacts our legal system and our lives in a way that is easy to understand. Learn More



House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite POTUS Veto Threat

Despite a recent veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would facilitate the sharing of data and other information between businesses and the federal government.  The legislation, which passed by a vote of 288-127, was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Charles Ruppersberger (D-Md.).

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New Government Privacy Board to Review National Counterterrorism Center’s Data Collection Procedures

On Tuesday, a newly formed government privacy board announced its intentions to investigate the National Counterterrorism Center's data collection and review procedures, which allow the terrorism agency to scrutinize massive amounts of information about innocent citizens.

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White House Cybersecurity Coordinator To Tap Private Sector For Cybersecurity Framework

Two weeks ago, the President issued an Executive Order titled "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." A central component of the order seeks to create a set of voluntary standards and procedures, which private entities operating critical infrastructure can then implement to effectively reduce cyber threats.

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An Analysis of the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

By Kristian Stout   On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (“EO”). The EO was created in response to “repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure.” Army General Keith B. Alexander describes the EO as a step in the direction of hardening the nation’s networks across both the government and private sector.

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[TEXT] Executive Order – Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - IMPROVING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:   Section 1. Policy. Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow

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White House To Issue Cybersecurity Executive Order Tomorrow

White House officials plan to unveil the President's much anticipated cybersecurity executive order tomorrow during a briefing at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure — such as electrical grids and nuclear power plants — work with the federal government to help develop cybersecurity best practices and standards.

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