The president of the United States, Joe Biden, made a broad call to strengthen security barriers against possible cyber attacks from Russia. The president urged private companies with responsibility for critical infrastructure to act urgently, considering that Moscow could seek revenge after the sanctions imposed for the invasion of Ukraine.
“I have previously warned of the potential for malicious cyber activity by Russia against the United States, including in response to the unprecedented economic sanctions we have imposed with our allies and partners… Today, my administration reiterates those warnings based on based on evolving information that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks,” he said in a statement.
The president asserted that the country is going through “a crucial moment”, so it is necessary to “accelerate the work to improve national cybersecurity and strengthen resistance.” For the same reason, he maintained that since his arrival at the White House he has also been promoting “extensive cybersecurity measures for the federal government and the critical infrastructure sectors over which we have authority.”
Stressing that “he will continue to use all the tools to deter, interrupt and, if necessary, respond to cyberattacks”, although without mentioning his counterpart Vladimir Putin, Biden admitted that the Executive “cannot defend itself against this threat alone”.
“Most of the critical infrastructure in the United States belongs to private companies, and owners and operators must accelerate efforts to close their digital doors,” he insisted through a Press release.
Among other public-private efforts, he cited that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has worked “actively” with said sector “to quickly share information and mitigation guidelines to help protect systems and networks.”
“If they haven’t already done so, I urge our private sector partners to strengthen their cyber defenses immediately, applying the best practices we’ve developed together over the past year. You have the power, the ability and the responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resiliency of the critical services and technologies that Americans depend on,” Biden said.
The highest US authority reiterated that everyone must contribute to confront the threat. “Today’s vigilance and urgency can prevent or mitigate tomorrow’s attacks,” he concluded.