What’s going on:
On Thursday, the Biden administration unveiled their comprehensive cybersecurity strategy — a call to tech companies to reinforce their protective measures and to the FBI and Pentagon to strengthen the interruption of hacking and ransomware campaigns.
Designating China and Russia as the country’s biggest cyber adversaries, the plan recommends the formulation of laws and regulations that will hold companies liable for not providing robust cyber security to essential infrastructure.
It also suggests forming more public-private partnerships and modernizing federal computer systems to be better prepared for the looming cyber threats.
Why it matters:
In recent years, hackings and ransomware assaults have become increasingly common.
The White House’s National Cybersecurity Strategy underlines the need for joint efforts between government, private sector, and global partners to successfully confront cyber threats and protect the nation’s digital networks against any disruption.
How it’ll impact the future:
“The most capable and best-positioned actors in cyberspace must be better stewards of the digital ecosystem,” administration officials wrote in an updated National Cybersecurity Strategy document.
Recent ransomware assaults have caused considerable chaos for hospitals, schools, government entities, pipelines, and other essential infrastructure and services, which is evidenced by the 39-page document.
The White House is striving to implement strict new laws and liabilities for software producers and service providers, aiming to take the load of safeguarding US cyberspace off of small businesses and people.