President Signs Cyberthreat Executive Order

President Barack Obama’s executive order to improve sharing of cyberthreat information between the government and private companies was signed earlier today. The order calls for federal agencies to review existing cybersecurity regulations and determine whether they enjoy the legal authority to require improved defenses at the nation’s critical infrastructure companies. Although many provisions will take agencies months or years to implement, the National Law Journal reports that an accompanying presidential policy directive will require immediate attention from attorneys for companies in the critical infrastructure category.