The US White House is planning to issue an executive order intended at securing US computer networks from cyberattacks.
A former government cyber-security official told Reuters that the executive order would give the agencies 90 days to propose new regulations and create a new cybersecurity council at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The council will also include representatives from the Defense Department, Justice Department, Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Commerce.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs chairman Joe Lieberman urged US president Barack Obama to issue an executive order.
Lieberman’s bill was defeated in August this year by Republican opposition backed by the US Chamber of Commerce, which felt that the bill will require companies to comply with potentially costly federal standards.