On April 1, President Obama issued an executive order granting the Department of Treasury new authority to impose sanctions against individuals or entities that engage in activities which benefit from cyber attacks against U.S. including financial institutions. The executive order is a response to an increase of malicious cyber-enabled activities that continue to pose a threat to the United States’ national security, foreign policy, and economy. As noted in a statement released by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, the executive order “allows [Treasury] to expose and financially isolate those who hide in the shadows of the Internet to conduct malicious cyber activities that threaten the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States.” The announcement follows earlier measures made by the White House to combat against cyber attacks, including the creation of a new federal agency to facilitate the sharing of information about potential threats.