Obama to push for new cybersecurity legislation aimed at increased sharing with private sector

Associated Press

President Barack Obama will propose new legislation Tuesday aimed at fostering increased sharing between government agencies and the private sector to help improve cybersecurity.

The legislation would encourage the private sector to share cyber threat information with the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, according to a White House fact sheet. Companies would qualify for targeted liability protection, but would have to comply with certain privacy restrictions.

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Tuesday's push comes after the Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command were taken over by hackers who claimed to be working on behalf of Islamic State militants on Monday, and in the wake of last month's hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the White House blamed on North Korea. Other recent hackings at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus have exposed the lack of uniform practices for alerting customers in the event of a breach.

Obama will give a speech Tuesday afternoon at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Virginia.

On Monday, Obama proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked and protecting students' private data.

The White House will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University on February 13.