Obama On CyberSecurity Threats

Barack Obama is concerned about CyberSecurity Threats and thinks the US Congress should be as well.

In an opinion piece in the Walls Street Journal, President Obama discussed the threats against the infrastructure of the US and made a renewed push for Congress to act on pending legislation that would regulate the digital data in man y industries.

The American people deserve to know that companies running our critical infrastructure meet basic, commonsense cybersecurity standards, just as they already meet other security requirements. Nuclear power plants must have fences and defenses to thwart a terrorist attack. Water treatment plants must test their water regularly for contaminants. Airplanes must have secure cockpit doors. We all understand the need for these kinds of physical security measures. It would be the height of irresponsibility to leave a digital backdoor wide open to our cyber adversaries.

Obama is pushing for a new set of cybersecurity standards. Last week, Senators called for increased regulation of the electrical grid. And last month, former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff gave the keynote at the Amphion Forum in Washington D.C. and sounded very similar tones around the need for greater cybersecurity regulations, either from the federal government or from industry.