Biden Warns Private Sector: ‘Harden Your Cyber Defenses Immediately’ and Prepare for Cyberattacks from Russian Government

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In stark language, President Biden urged U.S. businesses to prepare for potential cyberattacks from the Russian Government.

“President Joe Biden on Monday warned of Russian cyberattacks against the U.S. — making his most prominent alert yet about what he called new intelligence concerning the Putin regime’s plans,” write Maggie Miller and Sam Sabin of Politico. “Past U.S. intelligence warnings about the timing and manner of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were largely accurate. Biden urged companies to ‘harden your cyber defenses immediately.’ Biden’s remarks and statement came with new urgency.”

For years, we’ve been talking and writing about the many opportunities and benefits of a globally interconnected world. Now, however, we’re confronting the risks and dangers posed by the truly amazing digital networks we’ve created. The situation is dismaying, of course. But we don’t have the luxury of second-guessing ourselves. As technology leaders, we need to step up and be ready to deal with the challenges ahead of us. We really have no other choice.

I urge you to stay current on the news and to read the president’s statement on cybersecurity, which includes links to useful information posted by the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.

“Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, warned that the Russian government was eyeing U.S. critical infrastructure but did not cite any specific plans for attacks,” write Miller and Sabin. “The White House released a fact sheet prior to Neuberger’s comments detailing ways that U.S. companies can defend themselves against cyberattacks, including mandating the use of multifactor authentication and encrypting data.”

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