On February 13, U.S. President Obama signed an Executive Order to promote cybersecurity information sharing, both within the private sector and between government and the private sector. The Order recognizes that in order to address cyber threats, private companies, nonprofit organizations, as well as agencies of the government and other entities must be able to share information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents and collaborate in order to respond in as close to real time as possible.

The goal of the Order is to encourage the voluntary formation of Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) on the basis of sector, sub-sector, region, or any other affinity, including in response to particular emerging threats or vulnerabilities.