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White House Urges Adoption of Cybersecurity Practices to Thwart Ransomware

White House Urges Adoption of Cybersecurity Practices to Thwart Ransomware

Created: Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 15:04
Categories:
Cybersecurity, Federal & State Resources

In a new White House memo, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger encouraged the United States’ corporate executives and business leaders to adopt a series of cybersecurity best practices to protect their organizations against ransomware. The practices include five from a recent Executive Order on securing federal government networks. The memo asserts that “strengthening our nation’s resilience from cyberattacks – both private and public sector – is a top priority of the President’s” and says “The private sector also has a critical responsibility to protect against” ransomware.

The priority actions listed in the memo are:

  • Implement five best practices from the President’s Executive Order
    • Multifactor authentication

    • Endpoint detection capabilities

    • Incident response capabilities

    • Use of encryption 

    • Developing a skilled, empowered security team

  • Backup your data, system images, and configurations, regularly test them, and keep the backups offline
  • Update and patch systems promptly
  • Test your incident response plan
  • Check Your Security Team’s Work
  • Segment your networks
Attached Files: 
PDF icon White House Memo