The Biden-Harris administration has disclosed its national cybersecurity strategy for securing cyberspace and ensuring a bright digital future in the United States.
In the 38-page fact sheet containing the strategy, the administration explained that “too much of the responsibility for cybersecurity has fallen on individual users and small organizations” and that it will “rebalance the responsibility for cybersecurity to be more effective and more equitable.”
The document also discussed malicious actors that have gained access to “offensive hacking tools and services,” listing a number of countries as perpetrators.
“The governments of China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and other autocratic states with revisionist intent are aggressively using advanced cyber capabilities to pursue objectives that run counter to our interests and broadly accepted international norms,” the fact sheet read. “Their reckless disregard for the rule of law and human rights in cyberspace is threatening U.S. national security and economic prosperity.”
The strategy goes on to single out the People’s Republic of China (PROC) as the “broadest, most active, and most persistent threat to both government and private sector networks,” asserting that it is “the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do so.”
The White House cybersecurity strategy is structured around five pillars:
- Defend Critical Infrastructure.
- Disrupt and Dismantle Threat Actors.
- Shape Market Forces to Drive Security and Resilience.
- Invest in a Resilient Future.
- Forge International Partnerships to Pursue Shared Goals.
“The pillars organizing this strategy articulate a vision of shared purpose and priorities for these communities, highlight challenges they face in achieving this vision, and identify strategic objectives around which to organize their efforts,” reads the strategy.
According to CBS news, President Biden is expected to sign the document in the coming days. In addition, White House officials intend to release an implementation plan to assist in the execution of the recently developed strategy.