Biden’s address didn’t directly discuss cybersecurity, but it mentioned related topics
What the State of the Union said
- “Big Tech companies collect huge amounts of data on the things we buy, the websites we visit, and the places we go,” it said. “There should be clear and strict limits on the ability to collect, use, transfer, and maintain our personal data, especially for sensitive data such as geolocation and health information, and the burden must fall on companies — not consumers — to minimize how much information they collect.”
What the State of the Union doesn’t say
- Barack Obama mentioned “cyber” in five of his eight addresses.
- Donald Trump never mentioned it in his State of the Union speeches, although, as with Biden’s speech Tuesday, he talked about some related issues.
- Biden brought it back in a State of the Union-like speech before a joint session of Congress in 2021. In that speech, he listed “cybersecurity” as one of the “crises of our times,” speaking critically of Russian “cyberattacks on our government” and touching on cybersecurity and education. It was the debut of “cybersecurity” in the context of the joint address.
- “Cyber” talk departed once more in 2022, with Biden touching on some of the same cyber-adjacent subjects last year that he discussed last night.
- “He’s got everyone’s attention. He’s going to be the loudest voice,” he said. “What CISA’s doing is great, and what they’re doing is very important, but when you have a president actually reiterating that strategy and reiterating the importance to your everyday citizen, I think that’s super-important.”
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- Germany named Claudia Plattner, the European Central Bank’s Director General of Information Systems, as the new head of its cybersecurity agency, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday, becoming the first female appointed to the role, Bloomberg News’s Michael Nienaber and Laura Malsch report.