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Biden Vows to Make Cybersecurity ‘Imperative’ Following Massive Breach

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to elevate cybersecurity as an “imperative” when he takes office and said he would not “stand idly by” in the face of cyberattacks following a massive breach that impacted the U.S. government.

“I want to be clear: My administration will make cybersecurity a top priority at every level of government — and we will make dealing with this breach a top priority from the moment we take office,” Biden said in a statement. “We will elevate cybersecurity as an imperative across the government, further strengthen partnerships with the private sector, and expand our investment in the infrastructure and people we need to defend against malicious cyberattacks.”

Biden said that his administration would impose “substantial costs” on individuals responsible for malicious cyberattacks in order to deter such activity.

“Our adversaries should know that, as president, I will not stand idly by in the face of cyber assaults on our nation,” Biden said.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that foreign hackers breached a Texas-based third-party IT provider, SolarWinds, which has various clients across government and the private sector. The hackers are said to have breached some government agencies, including the Treasury, Homeland Security and Commerce departments. 

Read the source article at The Hill

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