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President Biden invites private sector leaders to discuss cybersecurity in August

21 July 2021

Photo By Gage Skidmore

A White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Joe Biden and top US officials will meet with private sector executives on August 25 to discuss ways to improve cybersecurity, stressing the need for collective action.

The White House National Security Council spokesperson said members of Biden's national security team and officials from across the administration will meet with executives "to discuss how we can work together to improve the nation's cybersecurity together."

"Today more than ever, cybersecurity is an economic security and national security imperative, and both the federal government and the private sector play a critical role," the spokesperson said.

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday called on owners and operators of critical pipelines carrying dangerous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protection against cyber intrusion."

This was the second security policy of the Department's Transportation Security Administration since May when a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States.

The attack forced the 8,900 km pipeline to shut down much of its network for several days, leaving thousands of gas stations in the southeastern United States without fuel. It was the most disruptive cyber attack ever.


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