The White House cyber security plan was released on Thursday, and it seems promising for software safety. Most of the news today in the world is associated with cyber threats and hacking, which cannot be ignored. Keeping this in mind, White House Cyber Security has come up with a strategy that focuses on protecting crucial areas and thus makes software companies legally liable when their products fail to meet basic criteria. The plan document ensures that all instruments of national power will be used to preempt cyberattacks.
The Democratic administration believes that it will work on setting limits and imposing them on the data collection by the private sector. This includes health information and geolocation. Focusing on this action, national cyber director Kemba Walden shared that there is still more time needed to work on and implement these plans so every American feels safe while using cyberspace.
Kemba added that school districts should handle the threat of transnational criminal organizations alone, which is unfair and ineffective. It implies that school districts may not have the resources or expertise to combat these criminal organizations and need assistance from other entities.
What is this strategy?
The strategy implemented represents a continued effort to address the growing threat of ransomware attacks on infrastructure. This strategy will adapt and evolve in response to changing circumstances. In 2021, an attack on a major fuel pipeline created panic at the pump. It resulted in a fuel shortage in the east coastal area, while there were also damaging attacks that made cybersecurity a national priority. The invasion of Ukraine further raised these concerns.
The strategy is a 35-page document groundwork to deal with rising threats that private industry, schools, and government agencies face regularly. Over the past few weeks, the Dish Network, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Service were also intrusion victims.
CEO of the cyber security firm TAG Cyber, Edward Amoroso, feels that the defense system is weak so it gets hacked often. He believes the White House strategy is inspirational. With such a bold initiative that includes strict rules on software liability and breach reporting to make it impactful
The data collection component of the strategy is likely to face opposition in Congress, although most Americans support federal data privacy legislation.
Data privacy has become an increasingly important issue in recent years as concerns about the collection and use of personal data have grown. The strategy’s data-collection component likely aims to collect information to understand and respond to cyber threats, but such efforts may also raise concerns about privacy and civil liberties.
The fact that most Americans support federal data privacy legislation proves people are worried about such attacks. The administration of President Joe Biden has already imposed regulations on cyber security in different industrial sectors like gas pipelines, electric utilities, and nuclear facilities. The strategy seeks the expansion of such strategy in other critical areas.
The risk of cyber security has become the news today in the world, hence, the Biden administration focuses on taking on this systemic challenge as a major cyber security responsibility, but this seems to be more of a burden for software companies.