Yesterday President Obama signed two executive orders on cybersecurity to strengthen the government’s defenses against cyber attacks and protect citizens’ personal information kept by the government.
Obama asked for $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts in his budget request, a 35 percent increase from current levels, with $3 billion requested to “kick-start an overhaul of federal computer systems.” The Cybersecurity National Action Plan will ensure:
• Americans have the security tools they need to protect their identities online
• Companies can protect and defend their operations and information from hackers
• The U.S. government protects the private information citizens provide for federal benefits and services
Our own CMO, Michael Harris, added his valuable insight:
“The United States must increase its investment in cybersecurity to protect our homeland. We live in a world of instant-anywhere-access. The cyber-terrorists are relentless. They morph. They adapt. They scoff at legacy authorization and hacker prevention systems. The recent wave of breaches to our Federal systems are proof of this reality. Deep forensic data analysis, detection and response technologies are essential for cybersecurity and we encourage congress to carefully evaluate the $19 billion spending initiative to ensure our sensitive, proprietary and military assets are protected from malicious exfiltration.”
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