Barack Obama outlines US cyber security plan


Barack Obama outlines US cyber security plan

Warwick Ashford

US President Barack Obama is due to unveil the findings of a major cyber security review ordered shortly after he took office.

The review examines what the US federal government is doing to protect vital computer networks amid mounting concerns about the risk of cyber attack.

Barack Obama will lay out US goals for dealing with cyber threats and call for an education campaign to raise public awareness.

But Obama is not expected to announce who will be appointed "cyber czar" to oversee the initiative to prioritise national digital security, according to the Brisbane Times.

Many in US see the role as key, but it is not yet known if the post will report directly to the president or will have to go through the National Security Council (NSC).

The role is widely expected to be supported by a new cyber directorate within the NSC. It is also thought the post-holder will collaborate with the National Economic Council.

The Obama administration has pledged to build a resilient cyber infrastructure to protect US competitive advantage and advance national security.

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