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              President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
              President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   

Obama signs cybersecurity executive order, raising regulatory concerns

McCaul expressed concern, however, about the potential regulatory burden the order would place on businesses.

He also stated that the “executive branch also lacks constitutional authority possessed by Congress to provide the necessary liability protections that industry needs to freely share threat information with the federal government in a joint effort.”

“Without protections and incentives to adopt industry-led best practices, such programs will be ineffective and carry consequences for entities that choose to participate,” said McCaul.

The House homeland security committee is expected to hold a hearing later this month on the executive order to “examine its implications for the public and private sectors.”

McCaul stated that he plans to introduce legislation to facilitate cybersecurity coordination between the public and private sectors.

Similar legislation is anticipated to come from Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, as well.

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