February 10, 2009
President Barack Obama announced a sweeping review of US cybersecurity to protect the government’s information technology systems from security and economic threats.
The 60-day review is to be overseen by Melissa Hathaway, a former official in George W. Bush’s presidency who coordinated cyber monitoring for the director of national intelligence, according to a White House statement.
During the election campaign, Obama had equated cyber risks to the threat of nuclear or biological attack and promised a high-level review if he became president.
“The national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability, and integrity of our nation’s cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors,” said Obama’s assistant for counterterrorism and homeland security John Brennan.
“The president is confident that we can protect our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure while at the same time adhering to the rule of law and safeguarding privacy rights and civil liberties,” he said in the statement.