As part of a series of “sneak peeks” announced in advance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama made remarks last week before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security (National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center) and Cedar Falls Utilities in Iowa in which he outlined several cybersecurity initiatives aimed at defending the United States’ electronic information systems.

These initiatives are as follows:

  • A new cybersecurity legislative proposal that will:
    • Enable cybersecurity information sharing;
    • Modernize law enforcement authorities to combat cyber crime; and
    • Standardize national data breach reporting.
  • A White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection to take place on February 13, 2015, at Stanford University that will help shape public and private sector efforts to protect American consumers and companies from growing threats to consumers and commercial networks.
  • $25 million in Department of Energy grants over the next five years to support a cybersecurity education consortium consisting of 13 historically black colleges and universities and two national labs.
  • Initiatives to expand community broadband.

We will feature an update to this article next week with additional details from and reactions to the State of the Union.

Separately, the President met last week with the Prime Minister Cameron to discuss further strengthening and deepening cybersecurity cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom.