Reuters: Cybersecurity Executive Order To Follow State Of The Union Address

President OBama is expected to bypass Congress and implement key measures of the failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 ... but he'll do it after Tuesday's State of the Union address.

According to Reuters government officials who spoke with the wire service said they'd seen the final drafts of the order. It is expected to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a major role in defending critical U.S. infrastructure by creating a system for sharing cyber threats with private industry. DHS would also be responsible for protecting critical infrastructure of the US.

One aspect of the executive order will make it easier for people at private companies to get security clearances. This would allow classified information to be shared for example with SCADA operators.

"We know the executive order isn't going to go as far as legislation could or will go, but it's a good start," one official told Reuters.