Federal agencies and Congress accelerate defence against cyber attacks — every private company will be affected

By Sydney White, Jim Halpert, Vincent Sanchez and Steven R Phillips

Cyber attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policymakers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on multiple fronts.

While in recent days lawmakers have been somewhat distracted from cybersecurity by revelations surrounding the surveillance of phone and internet metadata by US intelligence programmes, cybersecurity remains one of the top priorities of Congress. Both the House and Senate Homeland Security committees, which have jurisdiction over cybersecurity legislation, are now in the process of developing bills on protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

In addition, the Obama administration continues to work on implementing the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, aiming to develop standards and guidelines for securing critical infrastructure that will be applicable across many sectors…

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