White House warns companies to step up cybersecurity: ‘We can’t do it alone’

White House warns companies to step up cybersecurity: ‘We can’t do it alone’

Posted June 3, 2021

White House warns companies to step up cybersecurity: ‘We can’t do it alone’

  • The White House warned corporate executives and business leaders on Thursday to step up security measures to protect against ransomware attacks after intrusions disrupted operations at a major meatpacking company and the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline.
  • The recent cyberattacks have forced companies to see ransomware as a threat to core business operations and not just data theft, as ransomware attacks have shifted from stealing to disrupting operations.
  • Best practices such as multifactor authentication, endpoint detection and response, encryption and a skilled security team. Companies should back up data and regularly test systems, as well as update and patch systems promptly.
  • There has been a significant hike in the frequency and size of ransomware attacks, Anne Neuberger, cybersecurity adviser at the National Security Council, said in a letter.
  • Neuberger advised that companies test incident response plans and use a third party to test the security team’s work.

– Doina Chiacu | June 3, 2021