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New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms

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U.S. president Joe Biden at the podium.

Presidential administrations have issued cybersecurity strategies for two decades, but President Biden’s is different in several respects.Credit...

Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Biden administration issued a new cybersecurity strategy on Thursday that calls on software makers and American industry to take far greater responsibility to assure that their systems cannot be hacked, while accelerating efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Defense Department to disrupt the activities of hackers and ransomware groups around the world.

For years, the government has pressed companies to voluntarily report intrusions in their systems and regularly patch their programs to fix newly discovered vulnerabilities, much as an iPhone does with automatic updates every few weeks.

But the new National Cybersecurity Strategy concludes that such good-faith efforts are helpful but insufficient in a world of constant attempts by sophisticated hackers, often backed by Russia, China, Iran or North Korea, to get into critical government and private networks. Instead, companies must be required to meet minimum cybersecurity standards, the new strategy contends.

From The New York Times
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