February 13, 2013 – President Barack Obama issued an executive order aimed at boosting U.S. cybersecurity for vital assets such as power grids and water-treatment plants after Congress failed to pass legislation.

The order, released as Obama began his State of the Union speech to Congress, directs the government to develop a voluntary program of cybersecurity standards for companies operating critical, privately owned infrastructure. It instructs federal agencies to consider putting those standards into existing regulations for businesses.

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