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Biden signs executive order to prevent future cybersecurity disasters

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday implementing new policies aimed to improve national cybersecurity.

The executive order comes in the wake of a number of recent cybersecurity catastrophes, such as last week’s ransomware attack that took down the Colonial Pipeline, the Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities that may have affected north of 60,000 organizations, and the SolarWinds hack that compromised nine federal agencies late in 2020.

The executive order includes reducing barriers to information sharing between the government and the private sector, mandating the deployment of multi-factor authentication in the federal government, establishing a Cybersecurity Safety Review Board modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, and creating a standardized playbook for responding to “cyber incidents.”

The policies outlined in Wednesday’s executive order could create critical infrastructure to help prevent future cybersecurity disasters or, at the very least, better limit any potential fallout.

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