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Executive order on cybersecurity coming, but is it only a 'down payment on legislation'?

Taylor Armerding | Feb. 14, 2013
Based on leaked versions of the order, the White House is expected to put DHS in charge of organizing an cyberthreats information-sharing network

"Analysts have said that the administration's options include formal protests, the expulsion of diplomatic personnel, the imposition of travel and visa restrictions, and complaints to the World Trade Organization," and then observed, "Wow, that will have the Chinese quaking in their boots," he said, quoting Nakashima.

Part of the problem, he wrote, is that military strikes against China is not practical, nor are economic sanctions, given the interdependence of the two economies. Finally, he wrote, the U.S.'s hands are not entirely clean either.

"We spy on the Chinese (though not in the private sector in the same way as the Chinese) and promote hacktivism against the Chinese as well," he wrote. "So in truth we have little leverage beyond the weak steps being considered."


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