White House makes cybersecurity ‘top priority’ in national security guidance

“The Biden administration is calling cybersecurity a ‘top priority’ that requires both a diplomatic and military response from the federal government.

Following the SolarWinds breach that has impacted nine agencies so far, the White House, in its Interim National Security Strategic Guidance released Wednesday, seeks to impose ‘substantial costs through cyber and noncyber means’ on the perpetrators of advanced cyber threats.

‘We will elevate cybersecurity as an imperative across the government. We will work together to manage and share risk, and we will encourage collaboration between the private sector and the government at all levels in order to build a safe and secure online environment for all Americans,’ the guidance states…”

“The White House is looking at expanding federal investments in infrastructure and building an ‘unmatched talent base’ to protect the country from cyber threats.

The administration is also looking to elevate international engagement on cyber issues, and work with allies to uphold shape global norms in cyberspace.

‘Rapid changes in technology will shape every aspect of our lives and our national interests, but the direction and consequences of the technological revolution remain unsettled,’ the guidance states. ‘Emerging technologies remain largely ungoverned by laws or norms designed to center rights and democratic values, foster cooperation, establish guardrails against misuse or malign action, and reduce uncertainty and manage the risk that competition will lead to conflict.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Biden makes cybersecurity ‘top priority’ in national security guidance – By Jory Heckman, March 4, 2021. Federal News Network.

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