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Biden signs executive order to improve US cybersecurity

US President Joe Biden. Photo: White House/US government

Washington, May 13 (MNN) US President Biden has signed an executive order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks.

Recent cybersecurity incidents such as SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange, and the Colonial Pipeline incident are a sobering reminder that US public and private sector entities increasingly face sophisticated malicious cyber activity from both nation-state actors and cyber criminals, the White House said on Wednesday (local time).

These incidents share commonalities, including insufficient cybersecurity defences that leave public and private sector entities more vulnerable to incidents.

This order makes a significant contribution toward modernizing cybersecurity defences by protecting federal networks, improving information-sharing between the US government and the private sector on cyber issues, and strengthening the US ability to respond to incidents when they occur.

It is the first of many ambitious steps the Biden administration is taking to modernise the national cyber defences.

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