The President

POTUS Signs Secret Directive To Bolster National Cybersecurity Defense

Reports have surfaced that President Obama signed a secret directive in mid-October that will considerably strengthen the nation's cybersecurity defense. The directive, which updates a 2004 presidential directive, authorizes the military to help thwart cybersecurity attacks and seeks to clarify intergovernmental jurisdiction with regard to cyber action and defense.

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Pending Cybersecurity Executive Order No Longer Includes Social Networking Sites

The White House will no longer include social networking websites, such as Facebook, eBay and PayPal, in its pending cybersecurity executive order. Instead, the draft will include only those entities that are critical to national infrastructure.

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Cybersecurity Mentioned Only Once During Final Presidential Debate

The term "cybersecurity" was used only once during the third and final presidential debate, which focused specifically on matters relating to foreign policy and national security. President Obama, responding to a question about military capabilities and military spending, highlighted cybersecurity as a top national security priority.

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White House Sends Officials to Senate to Discuss Potential Cybersecurity Executive Order

White House officials met with Senate staffers on Friday to discuss a potential cybersecurity Executive Order, according to White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. Specifically, the White House sent national security staff, as well as invited the chairs and ranking members of the committees of jurisdiction over cybersecurity, to meet with Senate aides.

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Sen. Lieberman Predicts POTUS Will Issue Cybersecurity Executive Order In Next Month

During a television interview on Sunday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) predicted that President Obama may issue a cybersecurity executive order within the next month. The order would implement several provisions of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which  was co-authored by Sen. Lieberman and blocked by Senate Republicans in early August.

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White House Announces It Will Tap Private Sector, Congress For Input Into Potential Cybersecurity Executive Order

According to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, the White House will seek input from both Congress and the private sector before issuing an Executive Order aimed at protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

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