Obama's Cybersecurity Order Could Squeeze Contractors

By Dietrich Knauth (February 26, 2013, 8:01 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama's recent cybersecurity executive order envisions a more centralized approach to protecting the government from hackers, but contractors worry a slew of new costs and burdensome information-sharing requirements could also accompany the well-intentioned move.

Government contractors, already a target for hackers because of their closeness to government data, are among the biggest groups affected by Obama's Feb. 12 cybersecurity executive order, which pushes federal agencies to work more closely with defense contractors, banks, electric power companies, communications providers and other critical infrastructure operators through voluntary security standards and increased dialog about cyberthreats. The order and an accompanying policy directive...

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