Excerpt from SC Magazine:
Recent threats to drinking water safety and a national shortage of gasoline supply have propelled the conversation about critical infrastructure cybersecurity all the way to the Oval Office.
Recently, the Biden administration released a long-awaited executive order (EO) that seeks to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal networks by improving public-private information sharing on cyber issues. It also outlines the administration’s effort to strengthen our country’s ability to respond to both nation-state attacks and cybercriminals when they inevitably wreak havoc.
The administration has also put money behind their words, budgeting billions of dollars in funding toward the Defense Department’s cybersecurity efforts. This money will let the DOD innovate and modernize its cyberinfrastructure through research, development, and innovation.
The Biden administration primarily wants the DOD to focus on cybersecurity data analytics, climate resilience and transportation security technologies and has budgeted $2.1 billion toward the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
These investments mark a positive step in transparency between technology vendors and government organizations. The security community works better together, and information sharing on vulnerabilities, breaches, and new nation-state threat groups will benefit the industry as a whole, while simultaneously protecting federal entities.
How we got here
Let’s take a step back to the May 7 pipeline ransomware attack, which led to widespread panic around gas shortages from Texas up the East Coast. The pipeline supplies 45% of the fuel for the East Coast, and its compromise led to hour-long waits at the pump and seven-year high gallon prices.
Get more of Bill O'Neill's insights about the Biden Administration executive order and how it could help modernize government in his article in SC Magazine: https://www.scmagazine.com/perspectives/how-bidens-eo-and-private-public-partnerships-can-modernize-the-government/
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