President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at bolstering the cyber defenses of the country’s critical infrastructure.

The highly anticipated cyber order intends to improve information sharing about cyber threats between government and industry and establish a framework of cyber-security best practices that industry would elect to follow. The White House spent the last several months crafting the order after Congress failed to pass cyber-security legislation last year.

During his State of the Union address before Congress Tuesday evening, the president mentioned his recent signing of the executive order and called for Congress to take action to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.