Obama launches cybersecurity ‘action plan’

By Afp Published: 17:51, 9 February 2016 | Updated: 17:51, 9 February 2016 President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a new cybersecurity “national action plan” calling for an overhaul of aging government networks and a high-level commission to boost security awareness.The announcement responds to an epidemic of data breaches and cyber attacks on both government and private networks in recent years, and passage last year of a cybersecurity bill that aims to facilitate better threat sharing.Obama asked for $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts in his budget request, a 35 percent increase from current levels, with $3 billion earmarked to help modernize the patchwork of computer systems used in government agencies. US President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of his national security team on cybersecurity on February 9,…


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