The president will announce new efforts to combat cyberthreats on Wednesday as he prepares to visit a cyber conference in New York City.
The White House announced the new strategy during a call with cyber experts at the White House.
It is aimed at developing a comprehensive strategy to address the growing threat of cyberattacks and the cyber threat of state-sponsored actors.
It will also be the first step toward a broader cybersecurity law and an increased sharing of cyberthreat information with the private sector.
“Cyber threats are real and growing, and they pose a threat to our national security,” President Obama said.
“I am committed to working with Congress to enact and implement comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that addresses these threats.”
Obama has also begun a broad review of cyber threat information and shared it with the White Senate Office of Management and Budget.
Cybersecurity experts, however, have questioned whether the White Houses plan will succeed in addressing the problem of cyber attacks by state actors, including Russia and China.
The administration has been working on a comprehensive cybersecurity bill since late last year, and it is expected to be released in early 2019.
But the president said on Wednesday that the focus will be on getting more information from private sector companies on how they are detecting and preventing cyber attacks and on ways to improve their capabilities.
Obama said that the WhiteHouse will also work to “strengthen” cyber defenses in government agencies.
He did not name any particular agencies that he believes are likely to be vulnerable to cyber attacks.