What Obama Missed About Cybersecurity

President Barack Obama took a moment to address cybersecurity in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. But some security analysts didnEUt exactly like what they heard.

Obama acknowledged the headline-making hacks against corporations like Sony and individuals like. Twice he mentioned protecting children from cyberthreats.

EUNo foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids,EU he said. EUI urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyberattacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information.EU

A Missed Opportunity?

We caught up with Ken Westin, a security analyst at advanced threat detection firm Tripwire, to get his thoughts on ObamaEUs approach to cybersecurity. He told us Obama missed an opportunity to address concerns of overreach by our own government and corporations when it comes to protecting citizensEU rights to privacy.

EUHe specifically stated in his address that EUno foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families.' He failed to mention how CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) will protect citizens' data from our own government and corporations from abuse,EU Westin said.

EUObamaEUs urging of Congress to pass CISPA may be premature, as they are asking Americans and private industry to share more data without establishing guidelines as to what the government can collect in the first place,EU Westin added.

Vague Definitions

Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer at Tripwire, told us he has a productive idea: If the U.S. government were to do one thing in 2015 that would make a significant difference in our cybersecurity preparedness it would be to create a standard of due care that would allow companies to...

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