President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address highlighted the need for stricter cybersecurity legislation to combat cyber warfare in the wake of recent data breaches and hacking incidents, the International Business Times reported Tuesday.
Thomas Halleck writes that Obama called on Congress to pass laws on consumer protection and cyber information sharing between the public and private sectors, furthering a cybersecurity agenda that he has been promoting across government.
“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets or invade the privacy of American families,” the president said, according to the report.
“We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyberthreats, just as we have done to combat terrorism.”
Obama also pointed to needed laws on data breach notifications and stricter sanctions for cyber criminals, the report said.