Obama Recruiting Tech Companies for Cybersecurity

Obama Recruiting Tech Companies for Cybersecurity

Executive actions aim to increase information sharing among private sector companies and federal law enforcement

President Obama is expected to unveil executive actions designed to increase information sharing among private sector companies and federal law enforcement, according to reports.

The president will announce initiatives to form organizations that will gather, share and analyze information, as well as ease access to cybersecurity threat information for corporate entities. The executive order is expected to allow the Department of Homeland Security to manage the flow of information from companies into the government.

"Cybersecurity and consumer protection are two sides of the same coin," Obama's economic adviser, Jeff Zients said, in a briefing with reporters. "When a company invests in strong cybersecurity, they are protecting not just their own networks, but in most cases their customers' information and security as well."

Several big American companies are expected to attend the announcement, including: Apple, Intel, MasterCard, AIG and Bank of America.

Homeland Security also announced the creation of a new federal agency, the Cyber Intelligence Integration Center, which will coordinate threat responses and intelligence across government entities.

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Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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