Obama’s Cybersecurity Order Calls for Threat Sharing Hubs in Private Sector

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cybersecurityPresident Barack Obama outlined his vision to increase public-private cybersecurity data exchange at a Stanford University-hosted summit held Friday and attended by industry executives, The Hill newspaper reported Friday.

Cory Bennett writes Obama also used the event to sign an executive order requiring the creation of industry hubs and guidelines that will be designed to help companies share threat information with government agencies.

“We’re going to have to be smart and efficient and focus on what each sector does best, then do it together,” Obama said at the cybersecurity summit, according to the newspaper.

The White House measure also directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop a set of voluntary security and privacy standards for Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations.

Apple CEO Tim Cook vowed the technology firm will cooperate with the White House and Congress to protect consumer data during a speech at the event, Bennett reports.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told The Hill he believes Congress must also act to fight cyber crime.

“As the president acknowledges, we cannot solve the problem of cybersecurity by executive action alone,” Schiff added, according to the newspaper.

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