White House Proposes New Cybersecurity Plan

February 9, 2016

White House officials plan to enact a range of initiatives this year that they believe will strengthen computer networks against cyberattacks, but part of the proposal—a big increase in federal spending—could hit a wall because it relies on congressional approval.

Obama administration officials are instituting what they call a cybersecurity national action plan, which would create a federal chief information security officer, establish a new commission that looks for ways to protect computer networks, and increase coordination between federal officials who focus on privacy issues.

They will also look to overhaul outdated computer systems that officials believe are too easy for hackers to penetrate to steal information.

The plan would include an expansion of training and recruiting for federal jobs that focus on cybersecurity, as well as an education-loan forgiveness program for people who remain in certain posts.

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