Obama presses Congress with cyber security executive order

President Obama signed an executive order to increase America’s defenses against cyber security before highlighting the need for it in his State of the Union Tuesday.

The Executive Order will work together with the Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience that the White House also released today.

“America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks,” Obama said. “We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.”

Obama focused on improving cyber security for the defense industrial base, which is one of the top targets for foreign hackers. His executive order streamlines the amount of information sharing within the U.S. defense industrial base on real time cyber threats.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will also work with companies to make sure that best practices are shared throughout the nation’s corporate infrastructure.

“I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy,” Obama said.

The president’s order also directs government agencies to review cyber security regulations. Dated regulations must be replaced by more modern ones to keep up with the evolving issue, the president directs.

Congress tried to pass cyber legislation twice last year. The  Cybersecurity Act failed the second time in November although Republican and Democrat lawmakers claim it has bipartisan support.

“Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks,” the president said Tuesday.

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  • Lance

    Knowing him this is a EO to spend more money we dont have on nothing!!!

  • Vaporhead

    This is just a stepping stone to allow government to completely take over the internet when it wants. The naive will think I’m talking rhetoric, but the writing is on the wall.

    • randy

      This has nothing to do with controlling the internet. It has to do with protecting critical infrastructures (electric, nuclear, water, gas, etc…).

      • guest

        just ignore him, he is still mad about his candidate losing

      • whatever


        bet you also believed that illiterate peasants pulled off the ultra-sophisticated controlled demolitions on 9-11 using high-tech incendiaries prepared using primitive cookwares in their caves in Afghanistan.

      • Sev

        Everything this president says he will do he has donwe the exact opposite of. What happened to that infrastructure building from the stimulus? I haven’t seen any at all

    • whatever

      Exactly. Hilary Clinton first advocated it publicly on behalf of the shadow powers. Now Obama is implementing it. In their defense, they do need to follow orders of their sponsors. That’s why they are in office in the first place.

      • crackedlenses

        For once I agree with you.

  • yogiberra111

    Seems like a few people need to get back on their meds.

    • Vaporhead

      Prove us wrong. I’m waiting….

  • Bill

    Half of the articles on here talk about new Chinese technology and all comments surmise how it was stolen from the US, yet when it formally gets the presidents attention, you all freak out. Hate Obama for what he DOES, not for what you think hes going to do.

    You hold no clout in an argument if you automatically disagree with anything and everything he says; pick and chose your battles.

  • U.S.A

    tnk god. we really need some better defence from cyber attacks. a cyber 9/11 can be really bad for the U.S glad to see that some one is taking the threat seriously

  • DDy
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  • stephen russell

    Lets see him do it.
    IE make cybersecurity Happen.

  • Guest

    As an IT professional myself now (fresh outta the service), I can say without hesitation that this is a very serious issue that needs attention. We’re not even a major company and hacking attempts (and periodic successes) happen regularly. They’re not taking anything when they succeed (that I know of at any rate). I don’t think they’re actually interested in the company, I think they’re just training. I shudder to think what would happen if they hit air traffic control systems.

  • Belesari

    Some here say people are being conspiracy theorist about this but in reality its only logical.

    Oh it will take 10 years but eventually the US will have a government controlled Internet. It fits the pattern perfectly. Government must have control over the internet because it has established it over everything else.

    That isnt conspiracy theories thats reality. The question is what type of government will we have when they do.

  • Eddie