Large data breach in the US triggered cyber security requests

The Jamaica Gleaner posted an article on February 19, 2021 about how a massive breach in the US has sparked requests for action on cyber security. Below are some key highlights:

  • Jolted by a sweeping hack that may have revealed government and corporate secrets to Russia, US officials are scrambling to reinforce the nation’s cyber defences and recognising that an agency created two years ago to protect America’s networks and infrastructure lacks the money, tools, and authority to counter such sophisticated threats.
  • It’s also likely to unleash a wave of spending on technology modernisation and cybersecurity. “It’s really highlighted the investments we need to make in cybersecurity to have the visibility to block these attacks in the future,” Anne Neuberger, the newly appointed deputy national security adviser for cyber and emergency technology said Wednesday at a White House briefing.
  • The reaction reflects the severity of a hack that was disclosed only in December. It was created in November 2018 amid a sense that US adversaries were increasingly targeting civilian government and corporate networks as well as the “critical” infrastructure, such as the energy grid that is increasingly vulnerable in a wired world.

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