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Cybersecurity executive order nearly complete, Napolitano says

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President Obama is close to signing a cybersecurity executive order, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Sept. 19 Senate panel.

"I would say that it is close to completion, pending a few issues that need to be resolved at the highest levels," she told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The Obama administration has said it will issue an order following clear evidence that Congress won't approve cybersecurity legislation at least until after the November election.

The executive order won't replace the need for legislation, Napolitano said, stating that the executive branch cannot remove "limitations we have on personnel and personnel hiring and salaries" or liability concerns associated with information sharing between the public and private sectors, nor can it increase criminal penalties for cyber acts.

Asked if the order will seek to have the private sector adopt cybersecurity standards, Napolitano said she can't go into detail, but that existing authorities may permit it.

For more:
- go to the hearing webpage (prepared testimonies and webcast available)

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