The latest "leaked" version of the Executive Order on cybersecurity will be sweet news for anyone afraid of a power grab by the White House. It is nothing but watered down mush or, as others are calling it, a \u201cframework\u201d for how to proceed.\n\tIn other words, it\u2019s several stories of scaffolding with no building behind it. Whether that\u2019s a good thing or a bad thing depends on where you stand. At least it doesn\u2019t say the Department of Homeland Security should be in charge.\n\tIt opens with the boilerplate description of what a serious threat we are facing.\n\tIf it\u2019s so serious why is it that the rest of the order does little more than ask various agencies to issue reports and make recommendations about what to do next? Should the President have received those recommendations before issuing the order?\n\tThe first action called for is the "timely production of unclassified versions of all reports of cyber threats to the U.S. homeland that identify a specific targeted entity." DHS is in charge of doing this so you know it will be a cluster[BLEEP]. (Also, why are they calling it the "U.S. homeland"?) How is that different than the plain ol\u2019 U.S.?)\n\tThe otherwise powerless Director of National Intelligence gets to track "all of these reports and notifications." I guess he finished painting the White House fence.\n\tHe also gets to spend time with the Secretary of Defense to\n\tI\u2019m pretty sure they're already allowed to do it. The problem is they\u2019re not going to do it unless\/until someone resolves the issues of civil suits and fear of losing competitive advantages (whether real or not) to their competitors.\n\tInstead of addressing this, the order tells the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce to come up with a list of what incentives they can provide to get people to play along and what incentives they will need new laws for. Again, why isn't this information already in? Hell, President Obama probably could have gotten that in the time between the leaking of the first draft and the leaking of the current one.\n\tThe Executive Order's primary usefulness may be in a game of buzzword bingo:\n\tI hope they\u2019ll circle back to me when they decide to double down on this world-class effort.\n\tI do have to say that the Order is not without its comic moments:\n\tIf this actually happens it will be the first time for either this or the previous administration.