President Barack Obama waves after signing an executive order promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protectionon Friday Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
PALO ALTO, Calif. — President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Friday to pass tougher laws to protect against cyberattacks, and he also aimed part of his plea at business leaders whose help he needs in the fight.
Just before he signed an executive order to promote information-sharing between the private sector and the government, Obama spoke of a “spirit of collaboration” that he maintains would help all sides respond quickly to an attack.
“This has to be a shared mission,” Obama said. Because computer networks are held largely by the private sector, “government can’t do this alone,” he said.