Today President Obama signed an Executive Order that seeks to modernize the digital system in the federal government and increase cybersecurity. The order lays the groundwork for establishing a federal privacy council within the government that will oversee the protection of the Personal Identifiable Information (PII) of federal employees, see that best practices are being adhered to, and that government data is well protected
This action comes as a result of increasing security breaches that threaten not only personal information, but the very security of the nation itself. In recent years hackers have been showing increased interest in the nation’s critical infrastructure and defense network. Breaches at the federal level, including the White House and OPM, have helped to highlight the problems. In the budget he proposed today, the President calls for almost $20 billion increased spending for cybersecurity, updating outmoded digital systems, increased training, and recruitment of skilled cyber professionals.
The importance of cybersecurity should be evident to both sides of the political aisle as all are touched in some form by cyber breaches. “This is not ideological issue. It doesn’t matter if there’s a Democratic president or a Republican president. If you’ve got broken, old systems — computers, mainframes, software — that doesn’t work anymore, then you can keep on putting a bunch of patches on it but it’s not going to make it safe” the President said.
Hopefully as Congress mulls over the President’s proposed budget, needed monies will eventually be allocated to cybersecurity.
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Learn more about the need for increased national cybersecurity and how you and your business can be cyber ready at http://www.nationalcybersecurityinstitute.org/training/