Jim Halpert, a data privacy lawyer at DLA Piper who has drafted several federal laws dealing with the Internet, says an executive order would likely be the first step towards additional cybersecurity legislation.
"There's been a stalemate on this for a long time in the Senate, and it appears there's a virtual certainty that Congress will not act this session," he says. "An order might shake things up so legislation moves through next year. This is the beginning of the conversation rather than the conclusion."
Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org