President Obama signed an executive order on Friday to encourage private sector companies to share information about cyber-threats among themselves and the federal government, citing the Sony hacking attack as one example of the need for further measures and legislation.
Obama spoke at Stanford University at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, with speakers including the CEOs of companies like Apple, Bank of America, Intel and MasterCard.
No entertainment executives were on the list of panelists at events throughout the day, but Kevin Mandia, the cybersecurity specialist who Sony hired to investigate the attack, was scheduled for a panel on international law enforcement cooperation. A White House official could not immediately say whether CEOs from major studios were invited.
“The North Korean cyber-attack on Sony Pictures destroyed data and disabled thousands of computers, and exposed the personal information of Sony employees,” Obama said. “And these attacks are hurting American companies and costing American jobs.”