Obama aims for overhaul of cybersecurity standards

“President Barack Obama is expected to push for new cybersecurity legislation during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the first time a U.S. president has made this emerging threat a priority,” Jacob Pramuk reports for CNBC.

“Obama will advocate for policy that encourages the private sector and government to share information on threats, expands the ability of law enforcement to prosecute cybercrime and condenses sometimes conflicting state laws into one federal statute, among other changes outlined by the White House last week,” Pramuk reports. “Devastating breaches of major companies also continue to sap activity from the U.S. economy, often leaving confidential consumer data vulnerable in the process. While Obama’s proposal reflects a wider emphasis on bolstering defenses against ever-increasing digital threats, the policy, if passed, may not address the fundamental threat to businesses and consumers, experts told CNBC. ”

“‘Everybody is in agreement that the private sector should beef up defenses, but Republicans would want to make it more of a recommendation than a requirement,’ said Darrell West, vice president and director of government studies at the Brookings Institute,” Pramuk reports. “Obama’s policy would not only attempt to cut off disruptions to businesses but also to limit damage to consumers after an attack takes place. Under the proposal, the government would provide ‘liability protection’ to companies that share information about their cyberthreats with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


    1. … and can never get! Politicians are digital dinosaurs and don’t know it and haven’t been advised as to the stupid suggestions like back doors in email and making VPN illegal.

      Terrorists are already reported to be abandoning email.

      What else would or could they do? Take any ad image on this page and let a steganography program insert your couple sentences of data and send that to your friend in Iran to decrypt with his matching steganography program and PW.

      It is virtually impossible to find a couple sentences of data hidden inside a megabyte worth of image data if it is done right.

      Of course you would only use new photos and never reuse them. That precludes an unauthorized recipient being able to see any pixels that “don’t match.”

    1. 112 unkept promises from Obama’s State of the Union addresses to date:


      1. The stimulus bill will create 3.5 million jobs over the next few years, 90 percent of which will be in the private sector.

      2. Create program that will enable Americans facing foreclosure to lower their mortgage payments and save their homes.

      3. Double the supply of renewable energy within the next three years.

      4. The “largest ever” federal spending program on science will yield breakthroughs in energy, medicine, science, and technology.

      5. Lay down 1,000s of miles of power lines to connect Americans’ homes to these new sources of energy.

      6. Reduce Americans’ energy bills by “billions of dollars.”

      7. Cure cancer “in our time.”

      8. Use stimulus funds to spend on preventive health care, which will get federal health spending “under control.”

      9. Use the savings that result from the stimulus’ reform of health-care to reduce the deficit.

      10. Cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.

      11. Go “line by line” through the federal budget to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs – saving $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

      12. Never raise taxes “a single dime” on any family earning less than $250,000.

      13. Stop the growing cost of Medicare and Social Security.

      14. Make Social Security sustainable.

      15. Create tax-free savings accounts for all Americans.

      16. Close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.


      17. Use stimulus funds to build a high-speed railway in Florida.

      18. Research funds from the previous year’s stimulus will cure cancer, lead to “the cheapest solar cells.”

      19. Building a new generation of nuclear energy plants.

      20. Passing a climate-change law that will make clean energy profitable

      21. Passing health-reform that lets Americans keep their doctors and their plans.

      22. The health-reform law will reduce costs for “millions” of families and businesses

      23. The health-reform law will bring down the deficit $1 trillion over the next 20 years.

      24. Starting in 2011, government spending “ will be frozen for three years.”

      25. Cut programs we don’t need to maintain a balanced budget.

      26. Veto spending bills that don’t adhere to balanced budgeting.

      27. Go through budget “line by line” to eliminate programs that we can’t afford and don’t work.

      28. Create a bipartisan fiscal commission; the recommendations of which he’ll enact.

      29. Restore the pay-as-you-go budgeting rules.

      30. Create a website that publishes every lawmakers’ earmark requests.

      31. Never give up “ trying to change the tone of our politics.”

      32. Pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

      33. Secure America’s borders.

      34. Enforce existing immigration laws


      35. More nuclear power, more natural gas, more wind and solar.

      36. Pass comprehensive immigration reform.

      37. Secure America’s borders.

      38. Enforce existing immigration laws.

      39. Reduce unemployment by increasing the number of people working on infrastructure projects – ensuring these projects are “fully paid for.”

      40. Recruit private sector financing to assist these infrastructure projects.

      41. Projects will be prioritized by importance, not by politics.

      42. Give 85 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years.

      43. Within the next three years, enable 98 percent of Americans to receive high-speed wireless Internet.

      44. Lower the corporate tax rate and eliminate loopholes.

      45. Reduce business regulations restraining growth and investment.

      46. Starting this year, freeze domestic spending for the next five years.

      47. ObamaCare will slow rising costs of health-insurance premiums.

      48. Enact medical malpractice tort reform.

      49. Consolidating various federal departments to streamline federal bureaucracy and ensure it’s “more competent and more efficient.”

      50. Create website that lists all federal spending.

      51. Veto every bill that contains earmarks.


      52. Reduce corporate income taxes.

      53. Consolidate federal jobs-training programs – creating a single website that makes all information about these programs available in one place.

      54. Convert federal unemployment insurance into a system that focuses on finding the unemployed jobs.

      55. Enact comprehensive immigration reform.

      56. Force all high schools to require students to stay in school until they graduate or turn 18.

      57. Open more than 75 percent of off-shore U.S. territory to drilling.

      58. Go “all out” on every type of energy.

      59. Take “every possible action” to expand natural gas production.

      60. Ordering “every federal agency to eliminate rules that don’t make sense.”

      61. Create “financial crimes unit” to crack down on white-collar crime.

      62. Work with Congress to procure power to consolidate federal bureaucracy.

      63. “End the notion that political parties must be engaged in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction.”


      64. Reform Medicare and Medicaid to save as much as was proposed by the Simpson-Bowles Commission.

      65. “Reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies.”

      66. Raises taxes on the wealthiest seniors.

      67. Bring down health-care costs by changing the way the federal government pays for Medicare.

      68. Eliminate loopholes and deductions for the “well off.”

      69. Enact comprehensive tax reform that brings down the deficit and encourages job growth.

      70. Cut “red tape and speed up new oil and gas permits.”

      71. Create an “energy security trust.”

      72. Create a “fix it first” program that will direct the unemployed to the highest priority programs.

      73. Make “high quality” preschool available to every child in America.

      74. Require that aid to colleges be distributed according to the value they impart upon students.

      75. Pass comprehensive immigration reform.

      76. Raise the minimum wage to $9/hour.

      77. Create a tax incentive for companies to hire the long-term unemployed.

      78. Create a program to put people back to work by rebuilding vacant homes in rundown neighborhoods.

      79. Enact new tax credits for businesses that hire and invest.

      80. Eliminate the marriage penalty for low-income couples.

      81. Encourage fatherhood through tax policy adjustments.

      82. By the end of 2014, end the war in Afghanistan.

      83. Never make promises the government can’t actually keep.

      84. Keep the promises already made.


      85. Lower corporate income taxes, close loopholes.

      86. Use the money saved from corporate tax reform to finance new infrastructure spending.

      87. Slash bureaucracy through executive orders.

      88. Create an additional six “high tech manufacturing hubs” in 2014.

      89. “Do more” to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

      90. Use government research funds to create entirely new industries – like vaccines that adapt to evolving bacteria, and inventing material thinner than paper but stronger than steel.

      91. Pass a patent reform bill.

      92. Use executive orders to cut red tape to enable factories to be built that are powered by natural gas.

      93. Reform taxes so that fossil fuel companies are taxed more and “ fuels of the future” are taxed less.

      94. Enact new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks.

      95. Pass comprehensive immigration reform.

      96. Consolidate federal jobs training programs, helping match people with skills to jobs they can fill.

      97. Reform unemployment insurance to encourage Americans to return to the workforce faster.

      98. Assemble a coalition to help more kids access pre-K education.

      99. Pass the “Equal Pay Act” for women.

      100. Raise the minimum wage to $10.10

      101. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit

      102. Reform the tax code to help lower-class Americans save

      103. Give every American access to “an automatic IRA on the job.”

      104. Ensure Americans never have to wait more than a half hour to vote.

      105. Pass legislation that will prevent mass shooting tragedies.

      106. End the Afghan war by the end of 2014.

      107. Reform NSA surveillance programs.

      108. Close Guantanamo Bay Prison in 2014.

      109. End the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

      110. Ensuring the Iran will stop installing advanced centrifuges.

      111. Be the “first” to call for more sanctions if Iran doesn’t abandon nuclear program.

      112. Reform Veterans Affairs so that vets no longer have to deal with backlogs and instead receive the health care that they need.

        1. Sentence you WON’T hear on tonight’s Shah Hussein I’s Address: “and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.” CUZ’ THERE AIN’T NO WARRANTS ISSUED! Gruber is right, this is a country of morons.

          The entire Obama administration belongs in Leavenworth.

            1. “Uncle ‘Bama’s Cabin”.
              This is the reason your kind will always lose.
              Some of the more respectable people here don’t want to resort to name calling. I don’t have that problem.
              You, and MDN allowing you to post here, are the reason this country has turned to shit.
              Love it or leave it, muthufuker. America doesn’t need your kind.

            2. Let me get this straight…
              • You would not only censor me, but also deport me for defending the Fourth Amendment. (“America doesn’t need your kind.”)
              • The reason this country “has turned to shit” is not any of the 112 lies of past Obama State Of The Union addresses posted above, but because of my defense of the Bill Of Rights and MDN’s allowing free speech on the site it owns.

              Is that correct?

              You may not have a problem with name calling, your problem is infinitely deeper, the complete inability of rational thought.

  1. this from the guy who likes to say the right things then does the complete opposite.

    blasts wall street greed and criminality and does nothing about it.

    speaks of our need and right to online privacy then turns the nsa loose on everyone

    this man is one continuous, perpetual motion disappointment machine.

  2. For some reason having private companies share data with Homeland Security to fight cyber criminals doesn’t boost my confidence that this issue will be addressed.

    Maybe it is because the biggest cyber criminals in the world are the NSA.

    Maybe it is because the federal government has proven completely incompetent in managing their own computer resources to prevent hacker access.

    Or maybe it is just because I don’t trust the federal government anymore.

  3. lol, and a lotta people thought the goal of Federal regulation of the internet was to ensure “my Netflix stream won’t be slowed.”

    O wonder!
    How many goodly creatures are there here!
    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
    That has such people in’t!

  4. A most excellent move, hopefully it will also encourage prosecution on those who invade countries on made up whims, conduct torture, cyber terrorism, cyber spying and cyber espionage and stop being a threat to global security.

    Then, maybe then this fifth rate nation may be once again worthy to rejoin the free and civilized world.

    From what can be seen so far though, no one from the free and civilized world should hold their breath.

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