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Presentation or Panel Title

Protecting Cyberspace: Executive Authority and Internet Security

Location

Guzman 112

Start Date

4-15-2016 2:40 PM

End Date

4-15-2016 2:55 PM

Department

Political Science and International Studies

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Gigi Gokcek, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The imminent threat of cyber attacks is a major concern to America’s national security. It is imperative to understand that cyber security is a concern for both domestic and foreign policy objectives. It is important to note that policy is also influenced by the temperament of the Oval Office, which is dependent upon whether the Commander In Chief of either political party has a hawkish or dovish attitude when addressing significant policy concerns. We have entered the era of cyber warfare, a battle that knows no boundaries, which compels us to look to our nation’s leaders in order to examine the steps that are taken to address this serious matter. What led President Bush and President Obama to use executive authority over legislative action in order to address the issue of cyber security? With the use of content analysis, I examine both the requests made to Congress and the number of executive orders given by former President Bush and current President Obama respectively. I argue that given the stagnancy of our legislative process and the alarming rate of technological advancements moved both presidents to choose executive authority rather than congressional action in order to combat cyber warfare.

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Apr 15th, 2:40 PM Apr 15th, 2:55 PM

Protecting Cyberspace: Executive Authority and Internet Security

Guzman 112

The imminent threat of cyber attacks is a major concern to America’s national security. It is imperative to understand that cyber security is a concern for both domestic and foreign policy objectives. It is important to note that policy is also influenced by the temperament of the Oval Office, which is dependent upon whether the Commander In Chief of either political party has a hawkish or dovish attitude when addressing significant policy concerns. We have entered the era of cyber warfare, a battle that knows no boundaries, which compels us to look to our nation’s leaders in order to examine the steps that are taken to address this serious matter. What led President Bush and President Obama to use executive authority over legislative action in order to address the issue of cyber security? With the use of content analysis, I examine both the requests made to Congress and the number of executive orders given by former President Bush and current President Obama respectively. I argue that given the stagnancy of our legislative process and the alarming rate of technological advancements moved both presidents to choose executive authority rather than congressional action in order to combat cyber warfare.