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Obama may issue order Wednesday on defense against cyber attacks

Obama may issue order Wednesday on defense against cyber attacks

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to release a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving the nation's defenses against cyberattacks as early as Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The order, drawn up after Congress failed to pass legislation on the issue last year, is meant to improve the protection of critical industries and infrastructure from cyber intrusions.

Concerns about cyber attacks, which have hit a succession of major U.S. companies and government agencies in recent months, also could be raised by Obama in his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening.

One of the White House's major goals is to improve information-sharing about attacks among private companies, and between companies and the government.

Most cyber security experts say the executive order - which does not have the same force as a law - is a step in the right direction and a sign that Obama wants to show that he takes the problem seriously.

Voice of Russia, Reuters

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