Tech Report: President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — President Barack Obama wrapped up his State of the Union speech Tuesday night by announcing that he’d signed an executive order to improve cyber security. Meanwhile, a controversial cybersecurity bill has been reintroduced in the House.

One of the things in that order is that federal agencies would be allowed to notify companies if they detected any kind of cyber intrusion that could harm the operation or the security of company data.

It was largely about cooperation and sharing of information. It also had the National Institute of Standards and Technology create what they called a framework for handling cyber security threats.

There seems to be a lot of collaboration between government industry to make sure that if there is any kind of threat or attack, whether on the private or public sector, there would be some level of cooperation between the federal and private sectors.

Members of the House of Representatives have re-introduced its own cybersecurity bill, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). It didn’t go very far in 2012, but now it’s back. People seem to mainly be concerned with companies like Facebook sending their personal and private information to the government. There are both privacy and piracy concerns.

A lot of people think that companies should be required to report and share up their infrastructure. After all, if a company has a weak infrastructure and we do business with them, we could end up being innocent bystanders of a data breach or malware.

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