President Obama to Host Cybersecurity Summit on Friday

Posted by Mike TitensPresident Obama continues to bring high-level attention to cybersecurity issues this week when he hosts a cybersecurity summit at Stanford.  The summit will include representatives from government and industry as well as consumer and privacy advocates.  Discussions will cover topics ranging from public-private partnerships to more secure payment systems.The President’s interest in cybersecurity was on display in his State of the Union Address last month, where stated that  “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families.”   He once again urged Congress to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, and in the last several weeks has been promoting a package of legislative proposals to address this growing threat.The President’s proposals include measures designed to:Enhance collaboration and information sharing within the private sector;Promote better cybersecurity information sharing between the private sector and government, including by providing some liability protection to companies that share information with appropriate government agencies;Require private entities to comply with enhanced privacy restrictions;Update racketeering laws to cover cybercrimes; andReplace the widely varying (and often conflicting) state laws governing breach reporting and notification with a single notification and reporting standard.While Congress has had difficulty coming together to pass legislation on most issues, recent cyber attacks like those on Sony and Anthem have prompted Congressional leaders to join the call for bipartisan legislation to address cybersecurity issues.  Just last week, Senator Dan Coats, (R-Ind.) noted that “The cybersecurity threat to America’s infrastructure is the number one national security risk our country faces. . . . Congress must renew its commitment to address the wide range of issues posed by cyber threats.”This blog will continue to monitor and report on legislative developments and administration action affecting cybersecurity and privacy.