The First Draft: Safety day – cyber security and hurricane preparedness
Though North Korea and the the looming bankruptcy of General Motors are at the top of many minds in Washington, today President Barack Obama turns his public focus to cybersecurity and hurricane preparedness.
At 11 a.m. Obama speaks at an event at the White House about the country’s cyber infrastructure. He may give some explanation of how powerful his new “cyberczar” may be – a question that has concerned the tech industry, which wants to top cybersecurity person to be based in the White House to assure access to the president.
The cybersecurity program is aimed at organizing federal agencies to better share information and ensure better security of government computers and networks. Holes in U.S. cybersecurity defenses have allowed major incidents of identity and intellectual property theft. Sensitive military information has also reportedly been stolen by cyber-spies.
From cyberspace Obama will move back to earth and review preparations for this year’s hurricane season, which is just getting underway.
He will go to FEMA headquarters for a hurricane preparedness meeting and will make a few comments to reporters. Obama is likely mindful that in his first hurricane season as president he needs to avoid a repeat of the mistakes the Bush administration made responding to the deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Photo credits:REUTERS/Richard Carson (Houses damaged by Hurrican Katrina in New Orleans in 2005); REUTERS/David Moir (Boyle gestures to onlookers in West Lothian, Scotland last month)