Cybersecurity Receives Emphasis in State of the Union Address

An interesting article by Mickey McCarter of Homeland Security about President Obama take on the cybersecurity issue in the State of the Union address.

President Barack Obama called for cybersecurity legislation to provide incentives to businesses to protect their information systems from attacks or intrusions in the course of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Obama noted that the White House sent a cybersecurity legislative proposal to Congress last year and called on Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation.

“To stay one step ahead of our adversaries, I’ve already sent this Congress legislation that will secure our country from the growing dangers of cyber-threats,” Obama stated.

The president cast cybersecurity legislation as a necessity to protect American businesses from foreign adversaries, be they enemy states or individual malicious actors or terrorist networks.

In response to the Obama cybersecurity legislative proposals, House Republicans convened a task force to study their options. On Oct. 5, 2011, the task force issued recommendations to guide individual bills that would address various aspects of cybersecurity nationally. Private experts have told Homeland Security Today that many of those recommendations line up with proposals set forth by Obama in his proposal.


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