Biden Pushes US Cybersecurity as Russia Looks for Potential Cyberattacks

Biden Pushes US Cybersecurity as Russia Looks for Potential Cyberattacks aqeel
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Quick Takeaways

  • Statement by President Biden on Nation’s Cybersecurity
  • Increased levels of scanning websites and hunting for vulnerabilities among US companies
  • Russia might try to disrupt the financial systems and crucial infrastructures of the US

Recently, President Joe Biden gave a brief statement regarding the cybersecurity of the nation. He warned the private sectors of potential cyberattacks by Russia as a response to the unprecedented economic costs the US imposed on Russia through sanctions.

“I’ve previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the U.S. Today, I’m reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks,” Biden said.

 

Although, there is no cyberattack or any threat reported yet from Russia but Anne Neuberger, President Biden’s deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, said that U.S. officials have observed: “preparatory work” linked to nation-state actors. Such activity could indicate increased levels of scanning websites and hunting for vulnerabilities among U.S. companies.

“We are seeing more and more nation-state activity due to the conflict in Ukraine,” said Ryan Wright, a professor specializing in cybersecurity at the University of Virginia.

The US security experts believe it is only a matter of time until the US is targeted more directly. This may mean attacks on American’s personal devices through ransomware but also attacks on the infrastructure such as users’ internet access or even the power grid.

The White House officials have issued brief statements to more than 100 private companies in the US regarding the potential cybersecurity threats they could face from Russia-linked actors.

President Biden’s Steps towards Cybersecurity

Biden administration has been working for months to prevent cyberattacks and has taken various steps like multi-factor authentication, threatful vulnerabilities, and emergency plans. Moreover, the US government is more focused on working with its private sector partners, state & local partners, and federal government partners to ensure that there is complete knowledge of the departments in cyber-related threats.

The officials from the White House in a statement addressed:

“Most of America’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to lock their digital doors. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been actively working with organizations across critical infrastructure to rapidly share information and mitigation guidance to help protect their systems and networks.”

Every organization is encouraged to report cyber-related incidents to CISA and the local FBI field office.

Conclusion

Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it is very difficult to maintain a very high tempo of extreme preparedness. However, with the deep involvement of the government, private sectors can seek help to protect their systems and mitigate those cyberattack risks.

Biden Pushes US Cybersecurity as Russia Looks for Potential Cyberattacks
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