Obama: New cyber defenses to prevent attacks

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(CNN) — A British official says President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron are set to announce new cooperation on improving cyber defenses, including setting up new “cyber cells” to share information and hopefully prevent the kinds of attacks that hit Sony and other companies.

This has also been confirmed by Senior Administration with the White House.

“The Prime Minister has said new cyber attack tests with the United States will help create a stronger system of defense,” according to the British official, “We already have hugely capable cyber defenses, but we need to combine with the United States to further improve our defenses.”

“This is why we’re going to set up cyber-cells on both sides of the Atlantic, to share information, to work out, not only how we best protect ourselves, but how we create a system where countries and hostile states and hostile organizations know that they shouldn’t attack us,” the official continued.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that twitter and Facebook have already prevented a number of attacks on police officers and otherwise, but urged that the sites need to continue to do their part, noting that they have a ‘social responsibility.’

“They need to work with us. They need also to demonstrate, which they do, that they have a social responsibility to fight the battle against terrorism. We shouldn’t allow safe spaces for traits to communicate. That’s a huge challenge but that’s certainly the right principle.”

The joint announcement will be made by the president and the prime minister as they finalize their conversations at the White House on Friday, and it will be discussed in the President’s state of the union address next week.

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