The House Homeland Security committee held a hearing on boosting defenses against Russian cyber attacks on Tuesday.
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Adam Meyers, senior vice president for intelligence at Crowdstrike; Steve Silberstein, CEO of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center; Kevin M. Morley, manager at American Water Works Association and Amit Yoran, chairman and CEO of Tenable, Inc. testified.
This year, the Biden’s administration has made efforts to bolster the private sector’s ability to handle cyber attacks in the wake of several high profile hacks, including the Colonial Pipeline attack last May.
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“Over the past decade, Russia has demonstrated its ability and willingness to use cyber tools to advance its global agenda,” Vice Chair Ritchie Torres (D-NY) said during the meeting. “It has used its neighbors in Eastern Europe as testbeds for deploying its cyber capabilities to interfere with elections, spread disinformation, and disrupt critical infrastructure.”
Last month, President Joe Biden urged U.S. companies to make sure their digital doors are locked tight because of “evolving intelligence” that Russia is considering launching cyberattacks against critical infrastructure targets as the war in Ukraine continues.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has launched a “Shields Up” campaign aimed at helping companies strengthen their defenses and has urged companies to back up their data, turn on multifactor authentication and take other steps to improve cyber hygiene.