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Critical Infrastructure Operators Take Note: Biden Administration To Unveil New Cybersecurity Regulations – Security | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware



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While acknowledging that voluntary approaches to cybersecurity
compliance have produced some important improvements, the Biden
administration says those improvements have been mostly incomplete
and inadequate, particularly in the face of mounting attacks from
Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. As a result, President
Biden’s Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) is in the
final phases of approving national requirements to strengthen
cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. Among other things, the
strategy calls for placing liability for attacks on operators who
fail to take “reasonable” steps to strengthen their
computer systems. The plan also calls for a mix of executive branch
authority and congressional action to regulate all critical sectors
of the national infrastructure.

The water industry will be the next of the critical
infrastructure industry sectors to get cybersecurity regulations,
according to a recent news report. Even the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, reported to have opposed previous attempts to
mandate cyber standards, has accepted the need to
“harmonize” its member’s interests with regulatory
policy. To that end, the new strategy requires that plans need to
be developed in consultation with industry experts so they are less
burdensome, more workable and address some the issues that
prevented a successful voluntary compliance program in the first
place. Make no mistake, further regulation is on the way.

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