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Biden beefs up public-private security cooperation

May 13, 2021

With the US reeling from another high-profile cyber attack – this time crippling fuel supply across multiple states leading to panic-buying induced petrol shortages – president Joe Biden has signed a new Executive Order to harden America’s cyber defences, with a big emphasis on public-private partnerships and information sharing.

The White House said recent cyber incidents such as the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server attacks, and now the Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident, had been “a sobering reminder” that both public and private sector organisations are facing off against sophisticated malicious activity, both from financially motivated criminals and hostile nation-states.

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