President to host CEOs in Situation Room for cyber security chat
March 13th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

President to host CEOs in Situation Room for cyber security chat

By Alex Mooney

President Obama has invited a handful of CEOs to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday to discuss the growing threats posed by cyberattacks.

Administration officials are so far staying tight-lipped about who is attending the closed-door meeting, but one White House official tried to downplay the choice of convening it in the Situation Room, which is ordinarily reserved for high-ranking members of the president's national security team.

Instead, the White House official said, the Situation Room is the only conference room available Wednesday to accommodate the meeting.

The president is expected to discuss his administration's latest steps to beef up cybersecurity, including a recently signed executive order designed to improve intelligence sharing between the government and the private sector over potential cyber vulnerabilities, particularly those posed by Chinese hackers.

Among the CEOs invited are the leaders of AT&T, Honeywell and Northrop Grumman, the White House said Wednesday.

In an interview that aired Wednesday morning, Obama downplayed recent comments from Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who said the United States was in a cyber "war" with China.

"There's a big difference between them engaging in cyberespionage or cyberattacks and, obviously, a hot war. What is absolutely true is that we have seen a steady ramping up of cybersecurity threats. Some are state sponsored. Some are just sponsored by criminals," Obama said in the interview with ABC News.

"Industrial secrets are stolen. Our companies are put into competitive disadvantage. You know, there are disruptions to our systems that, you know, involve everything from our financial systems to some of our infrastructure," he added. "And this is why I've taken some very aggressive executive actions."

Testifying before Congress on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he believes cyberattacks pose more of a threat to the United States than a land-based attack by a terrorist group.

"Attacks, which might involve cyber and financial weapons, can be deniable and unattributable," he said. "Destruction can be invisible, latent and progressive."

Meanwhile, in a speech before the Asia Society on Monday, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said cyberattacks are now the No. 1 U.S. issue with the Chinese government.

"Beijing should take serious steps to investigate and put a stop to these activities," he said, adding that "we need China to engage with us in a constructive, direct dialogue to establish acceptable norms of behavior in cyberspace."

Wednesday's meeting also comes a month after Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled a 150-page report on cybersecurity that included new pledges by the Justice Department and FBI to crack down on hacking. The report also shared how corporations vulnerable to attacks can strengthen their own security and included a proposal to better coordinate efforts with U.S. allies to prosecute foreign hackers.

CNN's Adam Aigner-Treworgy contributed to his report.

Post by:
Filed under: Cybersecurity • White House
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. In home personal training

    They basically told the fight jet to beat off or else. Interesting story hopefully the Iranian army doesn't do anything stupid.

    April 5, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  2. Jin Bernat

    Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. These treatments significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant. *::`

    My own, personal blog site http://www.healthfitnessbook.comdy

    June 23, 2013 at 4:43 am | Reply
  3. panasonic bread maker

    That is very interesting, You're an overly professional blogger. I have joined your feed and look ahead to in search of extra of your magnificent post. Also, I've shared your website in my social networks

    April 22, 2013 at 6:00 am | Reply
  4. vps

    Hello! I really love this blog. Please tell me – from where do you have information for ths post?

    March 14, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
  5. Nick Hatcher

    I think Dimon is attending I read somewhere

    March 14, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  6. helenecha

    Don't worry, be happy, President Obama! The information is like the elements which are full of people's mind. Honestly, what's in Obama's mind may not be as limited as people could imagine, but some of them people have to miss. Obama is that smart. Godspeed to President Obama!

    March 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  7. patriot

    Commissars want to control the internet. this is not an ideological battle of left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Socialism vs liberty. This is ethnic warfare against white people.

    Why are hostile globalist elite supporting Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but turning white majority Europe, North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

    Why do gullible Whites kowtow to hostile Jewish & crypto-Jewish elite, who butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars, infiltrate & subvert our banks & intelligence agencies, indoctrinate us in classrooms & mass media, impose trillions in debt, & plunder our jobs & wages?

    East Asia is 99% yellow. Africa is 99% Black. West Asia is 99% Brown. But 3rd world colonizers are annihilating Whites, like Chinese colonizers are annihilating Tibet. That's the endgame.

    "Native" Americans are not native. They invaded from East Asia. Whites weren't the only slave owners, imperialists. Muslims, Jews, China, India, Mayans, Africans all are guilty of slavery, imperialism. Whites were victims of Islamic, Jewish, African imperialism, slavery.

    Gullible Whites should reject suicidal anti-White Jewish ideologies like libertarianism, feminism, liberalism, socialism. White people should reject hostile slanders of racism, collectivism.

    Love to all, hatred to no one, but White people must unite & organize to advance their families, their fertility, their interests. Reading list:
    goo.gl/iB777
    goo.gl/htyeq
    amazon.com/dp/0759672229
    amazon.com/dp/1410792617

    March 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  8. ucjb

    DC goes from one manufactured crisis after another, because their jobs depends on making the American people as scared and paranoid as they possibly can. When people are scared and paranoid it much easier to take their money and their liberties.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  9. Hahahahahahahah

    You can put all the CEOs to chat but "nothing" will get done because they don't know CRAP!!! Why don't you talk to a bunch of IT guys in the trenches??

    What do you get when an airplance crashes that contains 100% of the CEOs/VPs of a company? Answer: An inconvienience for the HR department.

    What do you get when an airplane crashes that contains 50% of the lowest paid people of a company? Answer: A disaster.

    Hahahahahahahaah

    March 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • furiousnagel

      IT Guys...really they don't know anything about cyber security, just because your in it does not mean that you know how hackers operate PaWn2Own. its funny you laugh but you will not laugh when hackers change your way of living.. i think the president is doing the right thing.

      March 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • RetiredVet

      The last time I checked CEO's employ IT's.
      Instead of being a "keyboard commando" why don't you start your own business since you know so much about running a business?

      March 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.