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Kaspersky Lab CEO: Obama Cybersecurity Order 'Step In Right Direction'

Forbes, By: Ken Rapoza

The founder of Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said President Barack Obama‘s Feb. 12 executive order on cybersecurity was a “step in the right direction.”

“The risk to critical infrastructure is real and represents an international challenge that must be addressed by governments and the private sector together,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, one of the three largest software security firms in the retail space. “As we see more threats to the national and economic security of countries, action must be taken to better protect critical national infrastructure. Attacks like Stuxnet, Flame, Gauss and Shamoon are becoming commonplace and keep growing in sophistication. This executive order is a move in the right direction,” he said in a statement on his website Tuesday.

Obama signed the executive order on Feb. 12.  It calls on federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity standards for critical parts of the private sector and to consider proposing new mandates where possible under existing law.

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