IDG Contributor Network: Why executive orders aren't enough to fix cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has spent a lot of time in the national spotlight over the last year, with major breaches revealed at Yahoo and the DNC, not to mention the thousands of connected devices being repurposed into botnets to take down the internet. But all this rising awareness hasn’t yet translated into serious action from lawmakers to address the new wave of cybersecurity threats, particularly in terms of application security. 

An executive order may be pending, but what I have seen from the previewed drafts so far is little more than history repeating itself. Rather than accept the work of the previous administration’s review on cybersecurity, President Obama ordered a 60-day review in order to get his own perspective. Current drafts of this executive order look like they are following the same path.

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