President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday “that promotes increased information sharing about cyberthreats between the government and private companies that oversee the country’s critical infrastructure,” reports the New York Times.
Cybersecurity is just one area of focus for Obama when it comes to technology policy during his second term in office.
According to the Times, the executive order “will allow companies that oversee infrastructure like dams, electrical grids and financial institutions to join an experimental program that has provided government contractors with real-time reports about cyberthreats.”
Ron Gula, CEO and cofounder of Tenable Network Security in Columbia, said, “This is a step in the right direction for national cybersecurity. … [T]his executive order is a strategic first step towards ensuring this nation’s cybersecurity is a shared priority for the public and private sectors.”