Obama to Announce Cybersecurity Plans in State of the Union Preview

WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce new initiatives next week designed to bolster online security and improve access to cyberspace, White House officials said Saturday.

In a series of speeches, Mr. Obama will call for better safeguards against identity theft, improved privacy protection, enhanced cybersecurity for the government and private companies, and increased access to high-speed broadband connections across the country.

A White House official said in a statement to reporters that the president would “lay out a series of legislative proposals and executive actions that will be in his State of the Union that will tackle identity theft and privacy issues, cybersecurity, and access to the Internet.”

The president’s proposals are part of what the White House calls “SOTU Spoilers,” a series of announcements that preview Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address, which he is scheduled to deliver to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 20.

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