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Report: President Obama to Issue Cybersecurity Information Sharing Order

cybersecurityPresident Barack Obama will take executive action to encourage sharing of cyber threat information between public and private sector organizations, Reuters reported Thursday.

Joseph Menn and Roberta Rampton write President Obama is set to sign the order during a cybersecurity forum that will be held Friday at Stanford University.

The White House proposed cybersecurity legislation that aims to protect corporations from being sued over disclosure or privacy related to sharing intelligence.

Mike Brown
Mike Brown

Mike Brown, a vice president at EMC‘s RSA security division, told Reuters he believes companies will remain hesitant to exchange cyber threat information with government agencies until they get legal immunity for data sharing.

Earlier this week, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced a bill that reflects much of the Obama administration’s proposal, according to the report.

“This is an urgent matter and we are working with anyone that we can up on the Hill to make that happen,” Michael Daniel, White House’s cyber coordinator, told reporters.

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