22 Mar Biden warns of “changing intelligence” indicating probable Russian cyberattacks on the United States.
US President Joe Biden encouraged private sector partners on Monday to “quickly fortify your cyber defenses,” citing “changing intelligence” showing “the possibility that Russia might conduct harmful cyber activities against the United States.”
While promising that his administration will “continue to employ every instrument to avoid, disrupt, and, if necessary, respond to cyberattacks against vital infrastructure,” the President admitted in a statement that “the Federal Government cannot fight against this danger alone.”
“The private sector owns and operates the majority of America’s critical infrastructure, and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to secure their digital doors.” The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been actively engaging with critical infrastructure organizations to quickly exchange information and mitigation guidance to help protect their systems and networks.
Using multi-factor authentication, consulting with cybersecurity professionals to ensure systems are patched and protected against all known vulnerabilities, changing passwords across networks to prevent stolen credentials from being used, backing up and encrypting data, and educating employees on cyber security are among the steps the administration recommends to protect against cyber-attacks.
“Since day one, my Administration has worked to strengthen our national cyber defenses, mandating extensive cybersecurity measures for the Federal Government and those critical infrastructure sectors where we have authority, and developing innovative public-private partnerships and initiatives to improve cybersecurity across all of our critical infrastructures.”
Biden wrote. “Congress has partnered with us on these efforts — we appreciate that Members of Congress worked across the aisle to require companies to report cyber incidents to the United States Government.”
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