President Joe Biden said his administration is introducing an “urgent initiative” to improve the country’s cybersecurity, The Hill reported Thursday.
“We’ve elevated the status of cyber issues within our government,” Biden said Thursday as part of his national security speech at the State Department. “We are launching an urgent initiative to improve our capability, readiness and resilience in cyberspace.”
Biden cited some of the recent efforts to address cyber issues, including the creation of the new role of deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology. The president appointed Anne Neuberger, formerly director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency and an inductee into Executive Mosaic's Wash100 for 2021, to the newly created position within the National Security Council in January.
The president also mentioned in his speech international cyber challenges the country is facing, particularly from Russia and China.
The Biden administration’s announcement comes on the heels of a recent SolarWinds cyber incident allegedly linked to Russian threat actors.