WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will announce efforts to strengthen cybersecurity, prevent identity theft and increase Internet access, the White House said Saturday.
The initiatives will be included in his State of the Union address, which Obama is previewing before the Jan. 20 speech rather than saving all his major policy announcements for the speech itself.
The risks of cyberattacks have been highlighted in recent weeks by the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment computers. The FBI said North Korea was behind the attack, and the U.S. increased sanctions against the nation.
On Monday at the Federal Trade Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama will talk about plans to address identity theft and improve privacy for consumers, particularly students, the White House said.
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He also will discuss the next steps in his BuySecure initiative. The program, created in October by executive order, secures payments to and from the federal government through new credit-card technology.
Some large companies, including Home Depot and Target, which have had major data breaches, committed to roll out more-secure credit-card terminals in their stores as part of the initiative.
On Tuesday, Obama will visit the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., to discuss efforts to increase information-sharing between companies and the government and to improve collaboration against threats.
On Wednesday, Obama will go to Iowa and “lay out new steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country,” the White House said.