By: Anthony Stotsenberg

On Tuesday, February 9, the President of the United States signed an executive order to protect the government’s data and computer systems. The White House is now working to increase the security of their systems and the rest of the the federal government’s computer systems.

This is on top of the executive order number 13636 that been in effect since February 12, 2013 that decreased the risk of a cyber attack by improving the infrastructure of the information technology (IT) systems. The 2013 executive order focused on the protection of information sharing, privacy, and cyber security overall.

In the past, various federal agencies have been hacked. This includes, but is not limited to: the Department of Justice, the White House, the United States Postal Service, and the Internal Revenue Service. These hacks can risk the security of private information and can lead to identity theft if the information goes to the wrong hands.

North Eugene High School student Tori Givens said, “Yes I worry about hackers, I worry about them hacking into computer systems in ways humans may not realize.”

With more hacking of the many computer systems we use, it is important to keep our information and data secure. There are hackers from all around the world including other countries that try to hack our systems, but some hackers are Americans looking to steal valuable data.

Obama’s new budget proposal will include $19 billion which will go to federal cyber security. $3.1 billion of that will be used to replace old and outdated IT systems that are difficult to secure, and will be replace with more secure newer IT systems that will keep valuable government data safe.

These new protective systems will not be completely safe, but will further the overall security of the government data and IT systems. In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, President Obama said, “More than any other nation, America is defined by the spirit of innovation, and our dominance in the digital world gives us a competitive advantage in the global economy.”