Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued the following statement on President Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order:
“I applaud the President for taking decisive action to improve our nation’s defenses against cyber attacks. The President’s new Executive Order will significantly advance cybersecurity in the networks of our nation’s critical infrastructure, and will facilitate more rapid, more effective sharing of time-sensitive threat information between the government and private sector. I hope this measure will also help us develop the broader awareness and capability needed to enable companies throughout the private sector to protect consumers and stem the loss of jobs and economic growth caused by intellectual property theft.
“As the President has rightly noted, the new Executive Order is no substitute for legislation, which is essential to address current gaps in authority. Until Congress acts, President Obama will be fighting to defend this country with one hand tied behind his back. I am eager to work with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to develop and advance legislation as soon as possible.”