President Joe Biden warns corporations to be aware of possible Russian cyberattacks following the US’ support for Ukraine. According to the president, these Russian cyberattacks are “part of Russia’s playbook” as retaliation for the United States and allies’ sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
The warning comes after the Kremlin launched a series of cyberattacks on the Ukrainian government and its critical industries. Fortunately, no confirmation of any cyberattack on the United States has been made.
“Today, my Administration is reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks,” Biden said through a press release.
“This is a critical moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity and bolster our national resilience,” he said. To persuade private companies to bolster their cybersecurity, he declared they do that by “implementing the best practices we have developed together over the last year.”
“You have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resilience of the critical services and technologies on which Americans rely. We need everyone to do their part to meet one of the defining threats of our time — your vigilance and urgency today can prevent or mitigate attacks tomorrow,” President Biden continues.
Corporations Under Threat Of Possible Russian Cyberattacks
In a briefing shortly after Biden’s announcement, Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger had this to say, “To be clear, there is no certainty there will be a cyber incident on critical infrastructure. So why am I here? Because this is a call to action and a call to responsibility for all of us.”
According to Neuberger, the administration communicated with over 100 US corporations and insisted they share information on recent cyber security threats.
“During those meetings, we shared resources and tools to help companies harden their security, like advisories sourced from sensitive threat intelligence and hands-on support from local FBI field offices and sister regional offices, including their Shields Up program,” Neuberger said.
Neuberger did not disclose specific companies under threat; however, she claimed they were vital to the country’s infrastructure. These industries include finance, energy, pipelines, and transportation sectors.
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