President Obama Hosts Cybersecurity Summit at Stanford Today
President Obama is hosting a cybersecurity summit today at Stanford University, bringing together government and industry representatives to discuss ways to improve national security against cyber attacks. Discussion topics will range from public education to the development of more secure payment systems.
The cybersecurity summit comes at a time when Americans are more vulnerable than ever. From the major data breaches that have plagued the country for over a year to the recent hack on Sony Entertainment, there is a great need for solutions against digital threats inside and outside the country. The summit is expected to draw the most elite members of consumer advocacy groups, government agencies and technology firms.
Cybersecurity has been an important component of the President’s second term in office, as indicated by his State of the Union address last month. In it, he said, “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families.”
The President urged Congress to pass a series of proposals that would provide better security against cyber attacks on a national level, and he is expected to follow suit at today’s summit.
Now that Sony and Anthem have faced significant threats against their security, some members of Congress will be at the summit to address cybersecurity issues and help come up with creative solutions to the problems.
“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,” Senator Dan Coats from Indiana said.