Verizon Statement on White House Cybersecurity Executive Order

        Verizon Statement on White House Cybersecurity Executive Order

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --President Obama on Tuesday (Feb. 12)
signed an executive order that lays the groundwork for an industry-developed
cybersecurity framework designed to protect the nation's critical
infrastructure. The order also clarified how the government will determine
what elements of infrastructure are considered "critical," but specifically
excluded information-technology products. The following statement should be
attributed to Craig Silliman, Verizon senior vice president, public policy:

"Verizon agrees with the administration that the security of cyberspace is a
national imperative. Verizon and others in the communications sector take
significant steps to protect the security and privacy of their customers, as
well as the integrity of America's communications networks. Verizon is
hopeful that the executive order will help improve the security of the
nation's critical infrastructure through public-private collaboration that
will produce an industry-led, flexible framework that enables critical
infrastructure owners and operators to innovate and promptly and effectively
respond to continually evolving cyberthreats.

"However, the order complicates this by failing to recognize that
cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Categorically excluding relevant
entities in the Internet ecosystem undermines our shared objective of
protecting critical broadband assets.

"The administration has acknowledged that the order cannot address all of the
important policy issues needed to improve our national cybersecurity
posture. Federal legislation is necessary.Verizon supports bipartisan,
consensus-based legislation that boosts ongoing cybersecurity efforts by
promoting the sharing of cyberthreat information among communications
companies and federal agencies, and provides appropriate liability protections
and consumer privacy safeguards.

"Now that the executive order has addressed the issue of critical
infrastructure protection, we urge the administration to work with Congress to
achieve the rapid enactment of bipartisan information-sharing legislation."

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