President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a National Security Memorandum (NSM) to increase the security of national security systems that are part of critical US government networks used in military and intelligence activities when storing or transferring information. classified.
“Modernizing our cybersecurity defenses and protecting all federal networks is a priority for the Biden administration, and this National Security Memorandum raises the bar for the cybersecurity of our most sensitive systems,” the White House said. noted.
Biden’s memo requires federal agencies to report breaches of national security systems to the National Security Agency (NSA), the “national manager” of classified U.S. government systems.
“All departments and agencies operating the NSS will now report to the state’s National Director on mitigation actions taken in response to a specific cyber incident and provide assessments of the overall impact on their systems,” the NSA said. added.
“Departments and agencies are also required to notify the National Manager of known or suspected incidents or NSS compromises.”
The NSA is also responsible for issuing binding operational guidelines necessary to guide departments and agencies in taking action against cybersecurity threats, reflecting the Department of Homeland Security’s role in issuing binding guidelines for government networks. civilians.
This memo also requires agencies to implement cybersecurity practices such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, cloud technologies, and defense of endpoint detection services, as required by the “Executive Order on the improving national cybersecurity” by Biden published in May.
An Ongoing Effort to Defend the United States Against Cyberattacks
The President’s memo builds on Administrator Biden’s work to defend the United States from malicious cyber activity linked to both nation-state actors and cybercriminals, including another national security memorandum from July .
This was released in response to ransomware attacks against Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods in the US and other organizations around the world, exposing significant vulnerabilities in US infrastructure, mostly owned and operated by private sector companies.
Through the memo, the Biden administration directed CISA and the Department of Commerce’s NIST to develop cybersecurity performance goals and guidance for critical infrastructure organizations in conjunction with other agencies. US federal.
“The new authorities will provide us with the necessary visibility into the cybersecurity of our most important systems,” Rob Joyce, NSA’s director of cybersecurity and deputy national director for national security systems, said of Wednesday’s memorandum.
“This new information will allow us to identify vulnerabilities, detect malicious threat activity, and drive mitigations to better secure all national security systems.”
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