Just days after the UK drafted a child safety bill, Joe Biden, has urged cybersecurity experts to fast-track the development of tighter measures.
Remember the SolarWinds intrusion? Online criminals gained access to top US agencies in one of the most significant data breaches in history.
Another recent high-profile attack – the Colonial Pipeline hack by DarkSide. The hackers demanded a $5 million ransom for the stolen information.
Its most obvious effects have been panic buying and fuel shortages. The company says that it might take some time before supplies get back to normal.
In light of such security breaches, the US president has issued a strict deadline on tighter security measures. It requires all government departments to:
- Hasten their switch to “zero trust” and cloud platforms
- Implement log-in systems with multi-factor IDs in six months
- Critically evaluate software suppliers
- Avoid keeping sensitive data in regular network storage.
He also told private security firms to be transparent with their clients and notify them as soon as they notice attacks.
The order has also established a cybersecurity board that will study breaches and offer recommendations. The body will be similar to the National Transportation Safety Board. It will have private sector and government co-chairs.
Insiders hope that government spending will make software safer not only for the agencies but also for the private sector.
Are you wondering how you can protect your network from cyber threats?
Well, start by training your staff on the importance of cybersecurity. In addition, have policies in place outlining things like:
- Keeping privacy setting on at all times
- Practising safe browsing by using secure VPNs
- Using strong passwords
- Being careful about downloads
- Using secure sites to make purchases
Of course, it can be hard to determine what sites to visit or interact with, especially for non-tech employees. So, it’s best to use antivirus solutions to stop pending cybercriminals in their tracks.