Obama may issue order on defence against cyber attacks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Barack Obama plans to release a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving the nation’s defences against cyber attacks as early as Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The order, drawn up after Congress failed to pass cyber defence legislation last year, is meant to improve the protection of critical industries and infrastructure from cyber intrusions.
Concerns about cyber attacks, which have hit a succession of major US companies and government agencies in recent months, also could be raised by Obama in his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening.
One of the White House’s major goals is to improve information-sharing about attacks among private companies, and between companies and the government.
“Our biggest issue right now is getting the private sector to a comfort level so they can report anomalies, malware, incidents within their network” without undue fear of being “outed” as victims, said FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely, head of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.