President of the United States, Barack Obama, recently requested Congress to pass legislation to increase cybersecurity. This would be to aid private industry as well as government security. There have been recent computer breaches that have increased the threat to national security and so Obama has capitalised on this growing concern.
Mr Obama hopes to increase the prosecution of crimes committed through networks and strengthen penalties for these crimes. The legislation would also protect any company who shares information with the government about threats via computer networks.