January 12, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to lay out a plan to beef up online security and Internet access, according to The New York Times.
Obama will reveal his thoughts this week on how to enhance privacy and improve identity protection and cyber-security for both private companies and the government as well as bolster access to broadband Internet, the White House announced over the weekend.
The announcements by Obama have been dubbed “SOTU Spoilers,” because he is set to discuss them in-depth during his Jan. 20 State of the Union address.
That Obama plans to outline some changes comes as no surprise.
In an interview with CNN last month, the president said that as cyber-crime continues to escalate — and be a weapon used both by criminals and hostile governments — the U.S. must “do a much better job of guarding against that.”
Obama’s plans come two months after the massive hack of Sony Pictures resulted in the company going offline worldwide for some days. Unreleased films and employees’ information was also leaked.
The hackers, the allegedly North Korea-sponsored Guardians of Peace, threatened violence against theaters that showed The Interview, a dark comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
The U.S. government, which has accused North Korea as being behind the hack and threats, recently imposed new sanctions against the country.
Although the Sony hack was the biggest, it certainly was not the only U.S. company to be hit by hackers last year. Target, Home Depot and a number of other retailers, financial institutions and government agencies have all been targeted.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.