The White House has incorporated changes into its draft cybersecurity executive order that attempts to smooth over concerns raised by the high tech industry.
The latest set of edits come after White House officials have met with the various tech trade associations and the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the last few weeks about recommendations they have for the executive order. After the Senate rejected a sweeping cybersecurity bill last month, observers have been waiting for the White House to drop the cyber order in December or the beginning of 2013.
The Chamber has asked members for feedback on how the draft order could be improved, including possible incentives that would fall within the legal limitations of an executive order, according to an industry insider. The move signals a slight--though notable--shift in the Chamber's view of the executive order, which it has generally been critical of.
The order would create a voluntary program in which companies operating key infrastructure would elect to meet a set of cybersecurity standards developed, in part, by the government. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have called on the White House to exempt social networking, search engines and e-commerce networks--such as Google and Facebook--from any security standards included in the cyber order.