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White House releases cyber security guidelines for select industries

The Obama administration doesn't set direct rules for cyber security, but offered guidelines for banks, utilities companies, and other sectors.

Published Wed, Feb 12 2014 6:08 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The Obama administration wants to help utilities, banks and other important industries better defend themselves from cyber attack, launching voluntary cyber security guidelines as reference. The White House didn't want to offer direct requirements in an effort to allow companies to determine what would work best in their own business environment.

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"While I believe today's framework marks a turning point, it's clear that much more work needs to be done to enhance our cybersecurity," said Obama, in a statement from the White House. "Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property."

Although the Obama administration worked on the recommendations based on analysis and industry-offered input, it's unlikely to be effective in preventing future attacks.

The US government and military learned in recent years that cyber threats cannot be ignored, especially with many criminal groups operating out of China, Russia, and other political rivals.

NEWS SOURCE:whitehouse.gov

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