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White House Sends Memo to Private Sector on Cyberattack Protections


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Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger discussing the new recommendations.

A new White House memo offers recommendations of ways private sector organizations can guard against cyberattacks.

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A memo issued by the White House offers recommendations for private sector organizations to guard against cyberattacks, following recent high-profile incidents including those affecting Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds.

Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger stressed that "all organizations must recognize that no company is safe from being targeted by ransomware, regardless of size or location."

The memo calls on business executives to "convene their leadership teams to discuss the ransomware threat and review corporate security posture and business continuity plans to ensure you have the ability to continue or quickly restore operations."

Companies are urged to, among other things, deploy multifactor authentication, test backups and update patches on a regular basis, test incident response plans, and restrict Internet access to operational networks.

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