President Signs Executive Order on Cyber Sharing

President Obama Friday signed an executive order to encourage the sharing of cyber threat information by industry with the government, which both agree is key to protecting information online.

The White House also continues to push for cyber sharing legislation as well.

"Rapid information sharing is an essential element of effective cybersecurity because it ensures that U.S. companies work together to respond to threats, rather than operating alone," the White House said. It has been pushing for legislation to do that, but as with other issues in the President's last term, he is trying to goose the process via executive actions.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.