Headline RoundupMay 12th, 2021

Biden Signs Executive Order to Strengthen U.S. Cybersecurity, Colonial Pipeline to Launch Restart

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at improving U.S. cybersecurity and defenses after a ransomware hack caused the Colonial Pipeline, which provides nearly half of the transportation fuel for the East Coast, to shut down. The order, which the White House had been working on for months, will establish a Cybersecurity Safety Review Board to review incidents in multiple agencies, and mandates that federal systems log cybersecurity incidents and use stronger encryption and authentication methods. Also on Wednesday, the Colonial Pipeline announced it will restart operations after a six-day shutdown, though the company warns that the restarting process will take several days. The story received coverage across the political spectrum. Outlets from the right and center tended to focus on the details of the executive order; some outlets on the left tended to focus on the several cybersecurity incidents Biden has had to respond to, including a Russian cyberespionage operation and Chinese cyberhacking campaign.

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