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Technology Biden signs cybersecurity executive order in the wake of pipeline shutdown

04:55  13 may  2021
04:55  13 may  2021 Source:   engadget.com

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U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that advances federal cybersecurity capabilities and encourages improvements in digital security standards across the private sector which has been hit by a spate of cyber attacks. It follows a cyberattack against the Colonial Pipeline that caused some internal computer systems to be disabled with ransomware. This led Colonial to shut the pipeline , triggering fuel shortages and panic buying in the southeastern United States. On Wednesday, Atlanta-based Colonial said it "initiated the restart of pipeline operations at 5

President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at improving the nation's cybersecurity posture. The action comes as Colonial Pipeline continues to grapple with a crippling ransomware attack. The attack has led to widespread fuel shortages along the East Coast and prompted an The hack of Colonial Pipeline is only the latest cybersecurity attack in the U.S. In April, Washington formally accused Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR — its top spy agency — of carrying out the SolarWinds cyberattack, which has been described as "the largest and most sophisticated attack

Specifically citing a slew of recent incidents including SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange server hacks and the ongoing Colonial Pipeline situation, President Biden signed an executive order today that focuses on "improving the nation's cybersecurity." The steps it lays out are supposed to improve information sharing between agencies, set policies to protect federal networks and improve the response to breaches by creating a standardized "playbook" that will be reviewed by the director of CISA.

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According to a summary released at the same time, it also sets standards for software that's sold to the federal government, and tasks NIST with developing a labeling program "to educate the public on the security capabilities of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices and software development practices" similar to existing Energy Star labels on appliances.

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

  Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is working with the Georgia-based company that shut down a major pipeline transporting fuel across the East Coast after a ransomware attack, the White House says. The government is planning for various scenarios and working with state and local authorities on measures to mitigate any potential supply issues, officials said Saturday. The attack is unlikely to affect gasoline supply and prices unless it leads to a prolonged shutdown, experts said. Colonial Pipeline did not say what was demanded or who made the demand.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday implementing new policies intended to improve the government’s cybersecurity . The order arrives in the wake of many of recent cybersecurity catastrophes, like the ransomware attack that took The executive order comes in the wake of a number of recent cybersecurity catastrophes, such as last week’s ransomware attack that took down the Colonial Pipeline , the Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities that may have affected north of 60,000 organizations, and the SolarWinds hack that compromised nine federal agencies late

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at shoring up the federal government’s digital defenses as his administration grapples with cybersecurity crises, including a ransomware strike on a major fuel pipeline that has caused gas shortages. The order was drawn up in the aftermath of the Russian compromise, named SolarWinds after a software company whose product was tainted by hackers who then used the software to gain a foothold in federal agencies and private-sector targets.

How much impact the order will have is unclear without action and funding from Congress, but it does lay out some first steps. According to NBC News, an administration official told reporters that it "reflects a fundamental shift in our mindset from incident response to prevention." In a statement, Senator Mark Warner said "This executive order is a good first step, but executive orders can only go so far."

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