02 Feb FBI Declares that Beijing/China is USA’s #1 threat and the Chinese hackers are a 50:1 Ratio to USA counterintelligence
We have taken yesterday’s warning from FBI Director Christopher Wray’s 8-minute clip and created a 2-minute summary.
Watch it here:
“The counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party are a grave threat to the economic well-being and democratic values of the United States. Confronting this threat is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority.
…China’s efforts target businesses, academic institutions, researchers, lawmakers, and the general public and will require a whole-of-society response. The government and the private sector must commit to working together to better understand and counter the threat.”
Biden/Beijing CyberTerrorism Escalated:
The situation between Biden’s administration and Beijing regarding cyber threats has escalated recently, with significant developments highlighting concerns over Chinese state-sponsored hacking activities targeting U.S. infrastructure. FBI Director Christopher Wray informed a congressional committee that hackers linked to the Chinese government are targeting critical U.S. infrastructure, including water treatment plants, the electric grid, and transportation hubs, preparing to cause “real-world harm” to Americans. This comes alongside the announcement from U.S. officials that they had disrupted a sweeping Chinese cyber-spying operation aimed at critical American infrastructure entities, which could have been used against the United States in a future geopolitical crisis???.
The operation named Volt Typhoon, identified by analysts at Microsoft, targeted a range of sectors from telecommunications networks to transportation hubs. U.S. efforts to counter this threat involved the Department of Justice and the FBI removing malicious Chinese software from a network of compromised U.S. routers. This operation aimed to prevent China from leveraging these cyber intrusions in a potential future crisis, such as a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. The Chinese government, however, dismissed these allegations as a “disinformation campaign,” and a spokesperson from China’s embassy in Washington criticized the U.S. accusations as “irresponsible”?.
These developments underscore the ongoing tensions between the United States and China, not only in terms of cybersecurity but also over broader issues such as the status of Taiwan, military buildup, economic competition, and human rights concerns. The heightened focus on cybersecurity is part of a broader strategy by the Biden administration to address and mitigate the threats posed by China’s cyber capabilities, which are seen as an increasingly powerful tool in espionage and foreign policy.
What you need to know:
As your I.T. partner, our standpoint for the past 5+ years has been security first whereas for the first 15 years we were efficiency/security equally balanced. This Security First approach only DEEPENS on the heels of the promises from China that they will become the world’s superpower by leading the way with cyber-terrorism.
What is SOS|Support doing:
For this reason and others – SOS Support is altering some of our service offerings. Our Hybrid clients can stay grandfathered into that plan for the time being. However, there is an element of proactive support that every business needs (and the Hybrid plan doesn’t include unless billed hourly rates). This Proactive Support involves keeping applications up to date and monitoring for any, and all Operating System and 3rd Party Application vulnerabilities.
To accomplish this goal, moving forward we will no longer offer the “Hybrid” plan as it currently sits. This plan will be replaced with our “IT Unleashed Lite” plan which is $50/month per endpoint. This plan includes ALL proactive security remediation of endpoints managed and monitored without question. Any requested “Reactive” I.T. support will simply be billed at the hourly rate – but all proactive security remediation will be included in the plan.
This is not just to do our part in the cyber threat landscape. It’s to help our clients, and it’s to protect us/SOS from the event that a client gets breached so that we won’t be held liable due to lack of Proactive Remediation (even though it’s explicitly detailed in the old plan what is included).
As of Feb 1st, 2024, we will no longer be offering our traditional Hybrid plan which will be replaced with “IT Unleashed Lite.”
Also, as of June 1st, 2024, our hourly rate will increase to $175/hr. and the discounted rate will be $155/hr. “Block/bucket Hours” rates will only increase by $15/hr.
If you are an existing “Hybrid” client ($20/month per system) – you can stay in this until we “End-of-Life” (EOL) the plan. The EOL is not yet determined – but what WILL determine this is the more clients we have that are being affected by a lack of proactive remediation, or the more that refuse proactive remediation. NOTE: Moving forward you will start seeing a waiver on invoices for this plan that we recommend upgrading to IT Unleashed Lite or better.
My big-picture vision is to move all clients from any hourly-based support plan to any of our IT Unleashed plans, with the Lite plan being ONLY Proactive Remediation and the higher tier plan being all-inclusive for every I.T. need (proactive and reactive, onsite and remote).
Mailing Address Change:
Please send all mail correspondence to the following address and no longer to the Draper PO Box.
1098 W South Jordan Pkwy #106
South Jordan, UT 84095
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