The Biden-Harris administration is working to strengthen American cybersecurity

The Biden-Harris administration has relentlessly focused on improving America’s cyber defense, developing a comprehensive approach to “lock our digital doors” and taking aggressive steps to strengthen and protect America’s cybersecurity. our country, including:

  • Improve the cybersecurity of our critical infrastructures. Much of our nation’s critical infrastructure is privately owned and operated. The administration has worked closely with key sectors — including transportation, banking, water and health care — to help stakeholders understand cyber threats to critical systems and adopt minimum standards for cybersecurity. This includes the introduction of several performance-based guidelines by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase cybersecurity resilience for the pipeline and railroad sectors, as well as a measure on cybersecurity requirements for the aviation sector. As part of the President’s National Security Memorandum 8 on Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems, we are publishing cybersecurity performance goals that will provide a baseline to direct investments toward security outcomes. most important security. We will continue to work with critical infrastructure owners and operators, sector by sector, to accelerate rapid cybersecurity and resilience improvements and proactive measures.
  • Ensure new infrastructure is smart and secure. President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act is an investment to modernize and strengthen our country’s infrastructure. The Administration ensures that these projects, such as the expansion of the national network of electric vehicle charging stations, are built to last, meeting modern safety and security standards, including cyber protections. Investments in digital security through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) will also bring high-speed internet to underserved areas of the country, also reducing the digital divide. Also BIL, the administration has launched a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country. The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program will provide $1 billion in funding to SLT partners over four years, with $185 million available for fiscal year 2022, to support SLT’s efforts to address cyber risks to their information systems and their critical infrastructures.
  • Strengthen federal government requirements for cybersecurity and raise the bar with government purchasing power. Through the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, issued in May 2021, President Biden has raised the bar for all federal government systems by requiring impactful cybersecurity measures, such as multi-factor authentication. . The administration also released a strategy for implementing the Federal Zero Trust Architecture, as well as budget guidance to ensure federal agencies align resources with our cybersecurity goals. We’re also leveraging the buying power of the federal government to improve product cybersecurity for the first time, by requiring security features in all federally purchased software, improving security for all Americans.
  • Counter ransomware attacks to protect Americans online. In 2021, the Administration created the International Counter-Ransomware Initiative (CRI), bringing together partners around the world to fight the scourge of ransomware. The White House will host international partners from October 31 to November 1 to accelerate and expand this joint work. This group has built collective resilience, engaged the private sector and disrupted criminal actors and their infrastructure. The United States has made it harder for criminals to move illicit money, sanctioning a series of cryptocurrency mixers regularly used by ransomware actors to collect and “clean up” their illicit revenue. A number of cybercriminals have also been successfully extradited to the United States to face justice for these crimes.
  • Work with allies and partners to deliver a safer cyberspace. In addition to launching the International Counter Ransomware Initiative, the administration has established cyber dialogues with a wide range of allies and partners to strengthen collective cybersecurity, formulate a coordinated response, and develop cyber deterrence. We are bringing this work to our most vital alliances – for example, establishing a new virtual rapid response mechanism at NATO to ensure that Allies can afford each other effective and efficient support in the event of cyber incidents.
  • Impose costs and strengthen our security against malicious actors. The Biden-Harris administration has not been shy about responding forcefully to malicious cyber actors when their actions threaten U.S. or our partner interests. In April 2021, we sanctioned Russian cyber actors affiliated with Russian intelligence in response to the SolarWinds attack. We worked with allies and partners to attribute a destructive Viasat system hack to the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
  • Implement internationally accepted cyber standards. The Administration is committed to ensuring that internationally negotiated standards are implemented to establish cyber “rules of the road”. More recently, we have worked with international partners to expose Iran’s counter-normative attack on Albanian government systems and impose costs on Tehran for this act.
  • Develop a new label to help Americans know their devices are secure. This month, we’ll bring together businesses, associations, and government partners to discuss developing a label for Internet of Things (IoT) devices so that Americans can easily recognize which devices meet cybersecurity standards. the highest to protect against hacking and other cyber vulnerabilities. By developing and deploying a common label for products that meet US government standards and are tested by vetted and approved entities, we will help US consumers easily identify safe technologies to bring home. We start with some of the most common and often risky technologies – routers and home cameras – to have the biggest impact, the fastest.
  • Build the nation’s cyber workforce and strengthen cyber education. The White House hosted a National Cybersecurity Workforce and Education Summit, bringing together leaders from government and across the cyber community. At the summit, the administration announced a 120-day cybersecurity learning sprint to help provide skills-based pathways to cyber jobs. With momentum from the summit, the administration continues to work with partners across society to strengthen our nation’s cyber workforce, improve skills-based pathways to well-paying cyber jobs, educate Americans so they have the skills to thrive in our increasingly digital society, and improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the cyber domain.
  • Protecting the future – from e-commerce to national secrets – by developing quantum-resistant encryption. We all rely on encryption to help protect our data from being compromised or stolen by malicious actors. Advances in quantum computing threaten this encryption, so this summer the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced four new encryption algorithms that will be part of NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptographic Standard, which is expected to be finalized in about two years. These algorithms are the first group of encryption tools designed to withstand the onslaught of a future quantum computer, which could potentially break the security used to protect privacy in the digital systems we rely on every day, such as online banking and messaging software.
  • Developing our technological advantage through the National Quantum Initiative and the release of National Security Memorandum-10 (NSM-10) on promoting U.S. leadership in quantum computing while mitigating risk to vulnerable cryptosystems. This initiative has more than doubled the United States government’s investment in research and development (R&D) in quantum technology, creating new research centers and workforce development programs across the country. NSM-10 prioritizes US leadership in quantum technologies by advancing R&D efforts, forging critical partnerships, expanding the workforce, and investing in critical infrastructure; will move the Nation to quantum resistant cryptography; and protects our investments, businesses, and intellectual property as this technology develops so that the United States and our allies can benefit from advances in this new field without being harmed by those who would use it against us.

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