White House says American Jobs Plan will address cybersecurity amid pipeline disruption
Added 05-14-21 01:11:02am EST - “As a U.S. pipeline company works to bring its services back online following a ransomware attack, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden's multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs plan would highlight cybersecurity…” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON — As a major U.S. pipeline company works to bring its services back online following a ransomware attack, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday that President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs plan would highlight cybersecurity for critical infrastructure.
“I think it’s clear that cybersecurity, ensuring private sector companies are hardening their cybersecurity, ensuring it’s an across-the-government effort, is a priority to the president, and this will be linked now to our proposal for how specific grants should be distributed,” Psaki said during a White House press briefing that featured multiple questions about the pipeline and gasoline shortages along the East Coast.
Over the previous weekend, a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. disrupted the delivery of 45 percent of the East Coast’s supply of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Biden promised on Tuesday that his American Jobs Plan would provide funding “to safeguard our critical infrastructure,” and Psaki provided further detail about how cybersecurity requirements might feature in the package, in addition to an already existing new public-private-sector initiative and a new Department of Justice ransomware task force.
Earlier in the briefing, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addressed the pipeline, saying the U.S. needs to “make sure our infrastructure is resilient” in the face of cyberthreats. He noted that the American Jobs Plan will be “funding and supporting” those efforts.
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