Statement by President Biden on our nation’s cybersecurity

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This is a pivotal moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity and strengthen our national resilience. I have previously warned of the potential for Russia to conduct malicious cyber activities against the United States, also in response to the unprecedented economic costs we, along with our allies and partners, have imposed on Russia. It’s part of Russia’s playbook. Today, my government reiterates these warnings based on new evidence that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks.

From day one, my administration has worked to strengthen our national cyber defenses, mandating comprehensive cybersecurity measures from the federal government and the critical infrastructure sectors where we have the authority to do so, and innovative public-private partnerships and initiatives to improve cybersecurity across the board brought to life our critical infrastructure. Congress has partnered with us in this effort — we appreciate that members of Congress have worked across the aisle to require companies to report cyber incidents to the United States government.

My administration will continue to use all means to deter, disrupt and, if necessary, react to cyber attacks on critical infrastructure. But the federal government cannot fend off this threat alone. Most of America’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate their efforts to lock their digital doors. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) actively works with critical infrastructure organizations to rapidly share risk mitigation information and guidance to protect their systems and networks

If you haven’t already, I urge our private sector partners to immediately step up their cyber defenses by implementing the best practices we’ve developed together over the past year. You have the power, capacity, and responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resilience of the critical services and technologies Americans rely on. 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.

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