Biden Administration Announces New Cyber Initiatives to Address Understaffing in US

Biden Administration Announces New Cyber Initiatives to Address Understaffing in US

Technology News / Cyber Security & Hacking

The Biden administration has had to deal with some of the most high-profile cyber-attacks against America in history, particularly last year, as 2021 saw some of the more devastating cyber-attacks in US history occur. Specifically, the supply chain halting attacks that targeted Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods displayed the potential for disaster that lurks in the cybersphere. 

As most countries operate at a serious disadvantage against the US militaristically, the only realistic shot most of America’s enemies have at orchestrating an attack lies in the online theater of warfare.

In an attempt to address these issues, the Biden administration announced a new multi-agency initiative that will create hundreds of new apprenticeship programs with private companies that it hopes can address the perilous lack of IT staffing in both the private and public sectors. This program will be funded by a $500 million Commerce Department program known as the Good Jobs Challenge. 

Additionally, in advance of the upcoming midterm election in November, another new cyber-related initiative recently launched by the State Department will grant a reward of up to $10 million for intelligence regarding foreign interference in elections. 

This new initiative’s international elections analyst, Marie Harf, recently addressed a workshop hosted by the University of Southern California Election Cybersecurity Initiative, and said that there are worries of potential attacks that are likely to continue into November’s midterm elections.

“Much of that concern, again, centers on Russia, and how it could exploit American divisions. And seed false conspiracy theories about the integrity of our elections,” Harf said.

Marie Harf

Other presenters during the workshop educated attendees on spotting fake news stories, how to better secure their passwords, and what they can do to stay safe from “phishing” scams. Phishing involves hackers sending phony emails. In order to steal private information like social security numbers and passwords from potential victims.

And lastly, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has signed an agreement with the Ukraine to work on a cybersecurity initiative together.

The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Ukrainian State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP will extend an existing relationship between the two agencies, according to CISA.

As part of the agreement, the two agencies will exchange information and best practices relating to hacking attacks.

The agreement will also facilitate the sharing of technical information about critical infrastructure security in real time. Under the MoC, the two agencies will also conduct joint exercises and training sessions.

This new partnership is seen as key. As the past several months have seen attacks like the ones in Ukraine leveraging Hermetic Wiper Malware. These attacks have wiped away all data on PC’s configured for Windows. These types of attacks would be particularly dangerous to the US.

These new initiatives are good news for those who have awakened to the constant threats that exist in the cybersphere. If the United States is to be kept safe against the threat of ransomware. And the state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups. Ones funded by governments internationally the next two and half years. Moreover, the Biden administration must perform at a higher level than it has so far. As the security of not only America. But of the entire free world! Hinges on the United States’ ability to fend of the threats. Especially ones posed by countries like China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia.

Julio is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. Julio’s writing focuses on cybersecurity and politics. Websites including Newsmax, Townhall, American Thinker and BizPacReview have published Julio’s work.

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Biden Administration Announces New Cyber Initiatives to Address Understaffing in US