Senators Want White House To Set Cybersecurity Standards by Executive Order

Why not just give the man a crown, already?


Two Democratic senators are urging President Obama to direct his administration to publish "advisory" guidelines through an executive order on cybersecurity.

In a letter sent to the White House today, Delaware's Christopher Coons and Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal say it's time for an executive order "directing the promulgation of voluntary standards" by the Department of Homeland Security.

It's hardly clear that the vast Homeland Security bureaucracy—which has received plenty of failing cybersecurity grades from congressional overseers—is best-equipped to advise the private sector on how to secure networks and critical infrastructure.