Obama expected to release cyber-security order

US President Obama is expected to release a cyber-security executive order on Wednesday, the day after his annual State of the Union address, according to a report in The Hill.

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The online publication cited two people familiar with the matter. White House spokesperson Caitlin Hayden refused to comment.

White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to get into specifics about the announcement at a press conference here. But Carney said the President believes that cyber-security is a very important issue. It represents a huge challenge for our country.

The spokesman further added that the president has called on Congress to take action. Unfortunately, Congress has thus far refused legislatively.

USA Today quotes Harriet Pearson, a privacy and information management attorney at law firm Hogan Lovells as commenting that “last year there was a wide-open door for cyber-security legislation, but Congress tried to fit a truck through.”

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