“These activities represent a down payment in the protection of our nation’s cyber infrastructure, which Congress will build upon as they develop comprehensive cybersecurity legislation,” said Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security under President George W. Bush. He called the executive order a “critical step in protecting America.”
A trio of Republican senators and leaders in national security - John McCain, Saxby Chambliss and John Thune - said the executive action could not “achieve the balanced approach” that a Congressional law would and pledged to ensure thorough oversight of any action directed by the order.
“The Senate should follow regular order and craft legislation that will have an immediate impact on our nation’s cybersecurity without adding or prompting regulations that could discourage innovation and negatively impact our struggling economy,” they said in a joint statement.
(Additional reporting by Joseph Menn in San Francisco)