Obama to discuss cyber plans



In our increasingly connected world, the reality of dangerous cyber threats is intensifying, and the U.S. government plans to take action.

According to a release from The White House’s Office of the Press Secretary, President Obama wants to build upon steps he has already taken — including his BuySecure initiative, launched last year — to ensure American companies, consumers, and infrastructures are protected from cyber threats.

“If we’re going to be connected, then we need to be protected,” President Obama said in remarks at the Federal Trade Commission offices.

President Obama highlighted the measures he plans to pursue, which will be further discussed during his State of the Union Address tonight. His plans included legislative proposals for The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act and The Student Digital Privacy Act, partnerships with large organizations and departments, a revision of The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Legislation, and a Voluntary Code of Conduct for Smart Grid Customer Data Privacy.

The State of the Union will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight.

[ image courtesy of whitehouse.gov ]

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  1. says

    Working in compliance I can state first hand the importance of securing systems. Specifically, provisioning and hardening is without question one of the most important measures for helping ensure the safety and security of critical information systems. After all, how good is anyone’s security posture if no initiatives have been undertaken for locking down and hardening firewalls, routers, servers, applications and other critical hardware and software solutions? As a security auditor, I find that many companies – regardless of industry or size – have little or no documentation for such practices, which is not good at all, and it’s time this changes. After all, there are untold numbers of free and very cost-effective hardening checklists online that can be easily download and used immediately.

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