President Obama to upgrade government tech, keep up with criminals with new cybersecurity plan

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 9, 2016) - President Obama announced Tuesday a new national cybersecuirty action plan. The plan comes as he signed two executive orders and submitted a 2017 budget to Congress including $19 million for cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) is a comprehensive outline for long-term improvements to online security.

According to the plan, a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity will be established. It will be compromised of, "top strategic, business, and technical thinkers from outside of Government- including members to be designated by the bi-partisan Congressional leadership."

The plan also outlines efforts to empower Americans to secure their online accounts. Stating, "The National Security Alliance will partner with leading technology firms like Google, Facebook, DropBox, and Microsoft to make it easier for millions of users to secure their online accounts."

Notably, the plan includes $1.3 billion to help improve IT systems. An Information Technology Modernization Fund would, "enable the retirement, replacement, and modernization of legacy IT that is difficult to secure and expensive to maintain." A new position, the Federal Chief Information Security Officer would oversee those changes, according to the plan.

Those upgraded in IT systems would help federal and local agencies keep up with advanced cyber crimes, including what central Indiana is experiencing with the Plainfield threats.  On Monday, FBI Special Agent Jay Abbott provided an update on the state of the investigation.

“That case is getting daily attention. We’re working it with a sense of urgency," he said. "We’re confident that we’ll bring about a positive resolution to it.”

In a statement, Gary Coons with the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security said, "Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility among all of us. As we have seen cyber issues are at the forefront in a lot of people's lives and careers. The common understanding of the more systems we secure, the more secure we are."

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