May 12th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In reaction to ever increasing attacks of cyber crime across the country, the White House today laid out its plan to protect U.S. citizens and the country’s critical infrastructure.
On a conference call with reporters, a senior White House official said cyber crimes have increased “dramatically” over the last several years and admitted that “the nation cannot fully defend against these threats unless certain parts of the cyber-security laws are updated.”
The proposal, the culmination of two and a half years of work, was done in consultation with cyber-security experts, privacy advocates, private industry and businesses, and officials from across the DOJ, DOD, DHS, and the Commerce Department.
“There’s a lot of smart people working in this,” the White House official said.
The plan was delivered to Congress today, is described by administration officials as “pragmatic and focused,” and aims to improve cyber-security for the American people, the country’s critical infrastructure, and the Federal Government’s own networks and computers.