Headline RoundupMarch 21st, 2022

Biden Urges Businesses to Prepare ‘Immediately’ for Potential Russian Cyberattacks

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Citing “evolving intelligence” that Russia was “exploring options for potential cyberattacks,” President Joe Biden on Monday urged the private sector to “harden your cyber defenses immediately.”

Biden’s statement pointed to a White House fact sheet titled “Act Now to Protect Against Potential Cyberattacks,” which urged companies to adopt multi-factor authentication, offline data backups, employee education and other practices. The White House had previously warned about the potential for Russian cyberattacks, but Russia did not appear to target the U.S. in its hacking efforts during the first weeks of its invasion of Ukraine. Deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger told reporters Monday that while the administration did not anticipate a specific attack, it had sent classified briefings on Russian “preparatory” activities to some companies. 

Coverage was widespread across the spectrum on Monday. Coverage in several outlets highlighted the more attention-grabbing parts of Biden’s statement, such as calling Monday a “critical moment.” 

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