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Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity Threats


President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of the nation’s critical infrastructure. The order calls for increased sharing of cyber threat information between the government and companies that oversee critical infrastructure — such as electric grids and financial institutions. It also calls on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead the development of a comprehensive cybersecurity framework. “Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems,” Obama said in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. “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.” Read more.

Official White House Photo of Barack Obama by Pete Souza