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The White House has issued a new cybersecurity strategy that addresses, among other things, the role of large tech companies in preventing cyberattacks.
The strategy document calls to “rebalance the responsibility to defend cyberspace,” shifting responsibility for things like ransomware attacks off of individuals, small businesses, and local governments, according to The Verge. It also singles out China as “the broadest, most active, and most persistent threat to both government and private sector networks.”
“Companies that make software must have the freedom to innovate, but they must also be held liable when they fail to live up to the duty of care they owe consumers, businesses, or critical infrastructure providers,” the strategy document says.
“A single person’s momentary lapse in judgment, use of an outdated password, or errant click on a suspicious link should not have national security consequences,” says the document. “Protecting data and assuring the reliability of critical systems must be the responsibility of the owners and operators of the systems that hold our data and make our society function, as well as of the technology providers that build and service these systems.”
The document calls out the growing threat of ransomware schemes as a particular area of focus. Alongside campaigns to shut down the actors running ransomware operations, it calls on agencies to go after “illicit cryptocurrency exchanges” that help make ransomware profitable.
Biden’s strategy replaces a 2018 document created under former President Donald Trump.
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