Obama Raises Cybersecurity Concerns in SOTU Address

President Barack Obama

Reflective of the increasing importance of the digital ecosystem, President Barrack Obama has called for his Republican counterparts to assist him in passing important cybersecurity legislation during the President’s annual State of The Union Address.

The call comes from the much publicised cyberattack carried out by North Korea on Sony in December of last year. Obama is keen to ensure that legislation reflects the new realities of cyber threats.

‘No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism,’ President Obama told Congress.

‘And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.’

The possibility of a bi-partisan agreement in the US on new cybersecurity legislation appears to be strong. More importantly the President’s comment showcases just how critical cybersecurity will become for Governments around the world. With the US taking a progressive stance towards IT security, pressure will then fall on its allies, such as Australia, to take a proactive stance.

On top of covering IT security, Obama briefly mentioned the future of digital innovation in the US. He outlined how important it was ensure students learnt the skills and had access to the technology to cultivate entrepreneurialism:

‘I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.’ OCM.

Source: NPR

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