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President Obama in the Situation Room   (Source: Pete Souza/White House)
Meeting to focus on rebuffing Chinese national security threat, as well as other issues

There's been quite a bit of back-and-forth noise between President Obama's staff and top officials in the Chinese government regarding cybersecurity.  The U.S. in the midst of a major push to upgrade its cyberoffensive and defensive capabilities; plus the President just signed a new executive order encouraging companies to voluntarily share information on security threats with the government.

In order to try to court top business leaders to cooperate with the new information sharing initiative, President Obama will meet today in The White House Situation Room with top CEOs in the tech industry to discuss "how the government and private sector can best work together to improve the nation’s cybersecurity."

A guest list for the closed door event was not announced in advance.  Details on the meeting and who attended should trickle out by tomorrow.
 
Congress is currently debating cybersecurity legislation, but the efforts have stalled amid the larger fiscal sequestration debate.

Source: The Verge



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As usual...
By martyrant on 3/14/2013 7:20:06 AM , Rating: 5
The government seems to bring in the wrong people to address the problem (why is he talking to CEOs, who are for the most part, just as dumb as the average user when it comes to cybersecurity?)

It could probably be argued that the average CEO has LESS knowledge than the average user when it comes to cybersecurity...




RE: As usual...
By sixteenornumber on 3/14/2013 7:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
I could be wrong he but I don't think the meeting is about preemptive security, I believe the meeting is about damage control. Also, many of these people rep engineers with good ideas. Perhaps one of them has something good to say. I'm still hopeful that something good will come of this.


RE: As usual...
By danjw1 on 3/14/2013 10:33:48 AM , Rating: 2
It really depends on the CEO, some tech CEOs are from engineering backgrounds, while others are not. So, it really depends. But, if he is just looking to get them to start sharing information with the government, it really has to come from the top dog. So, it may not be about the tech issues but more about getting them to open up and share information with government agencies.


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