Obama May Use Executive Order to Advance Cybersecurity Policies

The administration is considering an Executive Order to bypass Congress on a law similar to CISPA.

Barack Obama speaks to accept the nomination for president during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
By + More

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 jkoebler@usnews.com

  • Read Internet Service Providers Close to Implementing System to Punish Piracy.
  • Read Scientists Warn of Ethical Battle Concerning Military Mind Control.
  • Check out U.S. News Weekly: an insider's guide to politics and policy.