President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders today in Washington DC and told them that cyber-security will make up a portion of his State Of The Union speech set for January 20. That likely means the hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that made public millions of pages of private information and prompted the shuttering and then un-shuttering of distribution plans for Sony’s The Interview will be mentioned, along with yesterday’s hack of U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube feeds that were taken over with pro-ISIS messages.
“I’ve got a State of the Union next week, one of the things we’re going to be talking about is cyber-security,” Obama told congressional leaders, according to pool reports. “With the Sony attack that took place, with the Twitter account that was hacked by Islamist jihadist sympathizers yesterday, it just goes to show much more work we need to do both public and private sector to strengthen our cyber-security.”
Obama said he’s spoken to leaders on both sides of the aisle on the issue and “I think we agreed that this is an area where we can work hard together, get some legislation done and make sure that we are much more effective in protecting the American people from these kinds of cyber-attacks,” he said today.
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Also today, the White House released details of its plan for new cyber-security legislation and initiatives. The administration intends to convene a cyber-security summit February 13 that will feature CEOs from a “wide range of industries.” That list for the summit at Stanford University included reps from the “technology and communications” sectors so it’s likely Hollywood will be represented in some fashion.