“He wants to hear from out in the field what they’re ... experiencing, what their concerns are, what their challenges are, what they hope to see in terms of action in Washington,” Carney said.
Industry executives planned to raise a number of concerns during their meeting with Obama, including protection from legal damages if government data networks are breached, privacy issues, and how to share information about cyber attacks.
This week, U.S. authorities said they were investigating reports that Obama’s own family had been hit by hacking.
The president said in the ABC interview that he did not know whether reports were true that hackers had posted financial and personal information online about his wife, Michelle, along with other high-profile Americans.
“It would not shock me if some information ... among people who presumably have pretty good safeguards against it, still gets out,” he said.