Politico Pro Quotes Stewart Baker on Cybersecurity Executive Order

October 1, 2012

Politico Pro quoted Steptoe partner Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in an article titled “Panel Told W.H. Cyber Order Not Enough.”  The article, published on September 20, discusses the need for Congress to act on cybersecurity and the DHS to ramp up its cyber workforce, sharing of threat information with the private sector, and coordination with local authorities and other agencies like the National Security Agency.

During a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on the future of DHS, witnesses addressed concerns that a proposed White House executive order would not be enough to improve the nation’s readiness in combating digital threats, and with cybersecurity legislation shut down by the Senate in August, it’s not likely the issue will be addressed again until next year.

“Legislation would be better, but I’m a realist,” Mr. Baker said.  "The Rogers’ bill, CISPA, would be a much better solution than any private or executive order solution to the information sharing problem,” but an executive order might be necessary, he said.  "I frankly think we’re in for a period of a year or more where nothing is going to happen in Congress so we need to be looking at everything that can be done.”

The full article can be read at Politico Pro (subscription required).