White House eases stance on corporate cybersecurity
April 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — The White House has backed away from its push for mandatory cybersecurity standards in favor of an approach that would combine voluntary measures with incentives for companies to comply with them.
That approach reflects recognition of the political reality of a divided Congress that makes mandated standards difficult to push through, and a belief that an executive order President Obama signed in February could improve companies’ cybersecurity.
‘‘This is a huge focus for my office right now — driving forward and staying on track with the executive order,’’ White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel said in an interview this week.
Obama issued the order after a failed effort to pass legislation to ensure that computer systems in critical private-sector operations met security standards. The bill died last year in the face of stiff opposition from industry, in particular the Chamber of Commerce.