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Biden to convene private sector leaders for cybersecurity talks in August

Sports & GeneralJul 21, 2021 09:15AM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden and senior U.S. officials will meet private sector leaders on Aug. 25 to discuss ways to beef up cybersecurity, a White House spokesperson said on Wednesday, underscoring the need for collective action.

Members of Biden's national security team and officials from across the administration will meet business executives to "discuss how we can work together to collectively improve the nation's cybersecurity," the spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said.

No details were immediately available on which private sector executives would attend.

"Today more than ever, cybersecurity is an economic security and national security imperative, and both the federal government and the private sector play a critical role," the spokesperson said.

News about the meeting comes amid a surge in costly ransomware attacks and steps by the Biden administration to shore up the defense of critical infrastructure sectors, such as pipelines, against cyber attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions."

It was the second security directive issued by the department's Transportation Security Administration since May, when a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States.

The attack forced the 5,500-mile (8,900-km) pipeline to shut much of its network for several days, leaving thousands of gas stations across the U.S. Southeast without fuel. It was the most disruptive cyberattack on record.

Next month's high-level meeting continues a big push by the Biden administration to engage with private companies on how to increase cybersecurity, including among small businesses.

A pilot program focused on industrial controls launched in April has seen more than 145 of 255 priority electricity entities adopt cybersecurity monitoring technologies, and that number is growing, the spokesperson said.

Biden to convene private sector leaders for cybersecurity talks in August
 

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Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Jul 24, 2021 12:38PM ET
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perfect timing since the WEF just held their cyber security games.Just like the pandemic games 3 months before the virus came about... but this will be stated a conspiracy theory by the criminals. Ha
Red Riley
Red Riley Jul 21, 2021 11:07PM ET
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since the civil war
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Human is the weakest link. They gave hackers passwords, access codes, keys to their systems. We have to hold them accountable. Otherwise, it will happend again n again.
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rrrright.. that frickin' turnip can't spell cyber.. so pathetic..
 
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