The list of companies that have reported being hacked just keeps growing, with Microsoft (s msft) and Zendesk making headlines most recently. Although it’s caused plenty of anxiety for IT people and everyday users alike, there might just be an upside: The attacks have demonstrated the need for the kinds of information sharing the federal government wants to do to improve cybersecurity.

Following the demise of one proposal, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the Obama administration has taken new steps with an executive order and a policy strategy. The executive order draws a roadmap for sharing more of its information with the private sector, and the strategy shows the intent to do more on diplomatic and intelligence fronts.

The Microsoft and Zendesk hacks follow others in recent weeks at Apple, (s aapl) Facebook, (s fb) the New York Times, (s nyt) the Wall…

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