Critical Infrastructure Security

White House pushed to focus on strengthening cyber capacity

CyberScoop reports that the Biden administration has been urged by Washington think tank Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to further hone in on cyber capacity-building efforts with allies and partners following Ukraine's largely successful efforts in defending its critical infrastructure against Russian cyberattacks through the help of the U.S. and its allies. Aside from recommending increased spending for federal programs aimed at bolstering cybersecurity capacity, the report also pushed for the prioritization of U.S. agency resources and the consideration of allies and private-sector partners in the international cybersecurity strategy. The U.S. should also help allies strengthen their cyber force employment capabilities, increase bilateral and multilateral cybersecurity exercises, and improve critical infrastructure's resilience against cybersecurity threats. "It is possible to keep attackers out and to respond quickly, to mitigate attacks to recover quickly when that happens. So we want our allies and partners to be strong in that way, but some allies and partners are not as resilient as they need to be," said FDD Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation Director and report co-author Annie Fixler.

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