WASHINGTON: Alarmed by repeated cyber attacks on the country, especially after in a key fuel pipeline last week the US president Joe Biden has signed an executive order, implementing new policies to improve national cybersecurity.Admitting that the United States faces persistent and increasingly sophisticated malicious cyber campaigns that threaten the public sector, the private sector, and ultimately the security and privacy of the American people, Biden said Wednesday that the government must improve its efforts to identify, deter, protect against, detect and respond to these actions and actors.
“Protecting our nation from malicious cyberattacks requires Federal government collaborate with the private sector. The private sector must adapt to the ever-changing threats environment, ensure that its products are built and operate safely, and work with the federal government to promote safer cyberspace. ” wrote in the executive order.
The executive order describes several initiatives, including the reduction of barriers to the exchange of information between the government and the private sector, the obligation to deploy multifactor authentication to the federal government, the establishment of a Board of Directors. reviewing cybersecurity security and creating a standardized game book to respond to incidents. “
The executive order was approved after the Colonial Pipeline Company, which is the largest refined pipeline in the country, was forced to close due to a May 7 cybersecurity attack.
The company temporarily halted all pipeline operations after the cybersecurity attack involving ransomware was detected. It has now partially restored the pipe.
The Colonial Pipeline transports more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily to the east coast.
Biden said the incremental improvements will not give the country the security it needs.
“Instead, the federal government must make bold changes and major investments to defend the vital institutions that sustain the American way of life. The scope of protection and security must include systems that process data (data technology). information (IT)) and those that work with the vital machinery that ensures our security (operational technology (OT)), ”he stressed.
The cyberattack on the pipeline was huge after the SolarWinds software attack.
Since February, the Biden administration has been working to remedy the SolarWinds attack and change federal IT practices to protect itself from similar attacks in the future.
In another major cyberattack after SolarWinds, at least 30,000 U.S. organizations, including government and commercial companies, were hacked by threatening actors based in China who used Microsoft’s Exchange Server software to enter their networks.
He Federal Office of Research (FBI) then launched a mega-operation to copy and remove malicious web interpreters from hundreds of vulnerable U.S. computers running local versions of Microsoft Exchange Server software used to provide an enterprise-wide email service.
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I’ve seen hundreds of signs near schools declaring “Drug Free Zone” Does it work? Executive order? Just set up the systems to prepare for learning how to defeat cyberattacks and, if there are any, do everything you can to retaliate and DESTROY them anywhere in the world … No border protections international. How many cyber attacks back in Russia and China do we hear / learn? They are relentless in punishing any such attempt against them. This is just a realistic prevention that works.