The White House urges private companies to increase protection against cyber attacks

This warning comes amid a number of recent cyber attacks on companies that have highlighted the vulnerability of private companies.


The White House is urging private companies to take immediate steps to tighten their defensive measures after more cyber attacks have lowered U.S. chains, according to a new memo.

"The Rhlengware attacks have disrupted organizations around the world, from hospitals across Ireland, Germany and France, to pipelines in the United States and UK banks," wrote Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber technology and emerging technologies. to company executives and business leaders.

"The threats are serious, and they are increasing. We urge you to take these critical steps to protect your organizations and the American community," he added. "The private sector has a unique and important role to play. The provincial government is ready to help you implement these best practices."

The memo comes at a time when JBS, the world's largest cattle supplier, was sacked on Sunday, forcing the company to take offline systems and stop operating in North America and Australia, threatening to have meat found in the U.S.

The hack pipe was the one that was worn highlighting the urgency of the security threat to US operations

Less than a month earlier, a Russian criminal group hacked the Polonial Pipeline, a major U.S. supplier, causing the company to shut down the pipeline for five days and lead to a gas shortage. The Colonial Pipeline paid hackers almost $ 5 million in ransom.

In the memo, Neuberger suggested "a few high-impact measures" which he said companies could take immediately to help make "rapid progress in reducing risk."

Neuberger urged the private sector to embrace the good practices of President Joe Biden in a mandate he signed in May aimed at addressing the country's vulnerability to computer attacks, such as multifactor verification and encryption.

Neuberger also urged companies to back up data and keep backups offline so as not to risk exposure to the virus; regular updates and patch systems; develop and evaluate an incident response system so that businesses can continue to operate in the event of an attack; and in segment networks so that integrated business activities are separated from manufacturing and manufacturing activities.

"Since our homes have locks and alarms and our office buildings have security and safety features to meet the threat of theft, we urge you to take the ransomware seriously and ensure that your corporate protection measures are in line with the threat," wrote Neuberger.