President Obama addresses cyber security during State of the Union
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Cyber security is a growing concern for businesses across the board and during his fifth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made it clear something needed to be done. He announced an executive order on the issue after Congress has failed for several years to take adequate legislative action.
“We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private email. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets,” President Obama said. “Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems. 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.”
The goal of the order is to create more efficient data sharing between government agencies and the private sector. This is needed to help combat cyber terrorism, whether state-sponsored or by a rogue hacker group, as well as halt the increasing trend of identity theft and credit card fraud.
Over the last few years, several different versions of cyber security legislation have made the long trek through Congress but each one has stalled out. The executive order and any future related legislation are sure to impact a number of different industries as the reliance on technology in the business world grows.
IT Principals need to be aware of the strides being made by Congress and the president in the cyber security realm. Because of this, many businesses need to make sure they have the reliable resources available to quickly adopt any legislative changes. A Solution Provider that is partnered with VAR Staffing can rise to the top of the competition when companies come looking for IT security help.