New Biden administration cybersecurity strategy could spell disaster for private sector

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America got the bad news last week that Joe Biden is running for a second term in 2024. This news is bad for a multitude of reasons, as the prevailing theme for the past 27 months has been the utter lack of accountability for terrible results across all aspects of governance. You can point to foreign policy, the economy, and the pathetic response to the East Palestine disaster, and clearly see that America is in a far weaker position then it was pre-COVID.

In Biden’s first summer as President, the Afghanistan pullout after America’s longest war saw a suicide bomber attack at Kabul airport kill 170 Afghans and 13 US soldiers. Biden would also initially leave behind an estimated 78,000 Afghans who worked for the US government, according to a report from the NGO the Association of Wartime Allies.

Although the poorly orchestrated Afghanistan exit took place more than 6 months into Biden’s presidency, the review of the American exit from Afghanistan released on April 6th offered this assessment: “The departing Trump administration had left the Biden administration with a date for withdrawal, but no plan for executing it.” 

Biden, who in large part ran on curbing the COVID-19 pandemic by saying, “I will not shut down the country,” and “I will shut down the virus,” went as far as to blame COVID-19 fatalities on Trump personally numerous times during the campaign. But in reality, it only took 9 months into 2021 for COVID deaths to surpass the entire total for 2020. This is despite former President Donald Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” which made vaccines available to most Americans in Biden’s first year in office. 

President-elect Biden also took time in December of 2020, during the transition between administrations, to blame then-President Trump for what has been identified by experts as the most wide-ranging hacking incident in history – the SolarWinds cyberattack.

Playing up the “Russia and Trump narrative,” Biden seemed to imply that President Trump was attempting to shield Russia from blame for SolarWinds when he stated that “the Trump administration needs to make an official attribution. This assault happened on Donald’s Trump watch.”

Much of the hacking reported in the media during Biden’s term has centered around the war in Ukraine, with attacks going in both directions since the earliest stages of the conflict. Although there has been a heavy concentration of hacks occurring half a world away, there are still countless attacks affecting the US regularly, whether or not the Biden-obsessed mainstream and corporate media acknowledges it.

In 2022, ransomware incidents victimized 106 state or local government agencies, which represents a sizable increase from the 77 attacks in 2021, with 25% of those incidents resulting in data theft. 

Last year also saw many underreported attacks against America that were perpetrated by state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups. Some of the hacks were against US defense contractors and were carried out by Russian state-sponsored actors. 

Additionally, Iranian Advanced Persistent Threat group APT 34 targeted entities across multiple sectors in Africa, Asia, Europe and America, with the support of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

In an effort to curb these attacks, the Biden administration recently introduced the new National Cybersecurity Strategy. Although the strategy claims to “rebalance the responsibility to defend cyberspace by shifting the burden for cybersecurity away from individuals, small businesses, and local governments, and onto the organizations that are most capable and best-positioned to reduce risks for all of us,” according to cybersecurity compliance legal group, Gibson Dunn, private entities “can expect to see direct liability, new regulations, and lawsuits from the federal government” if the current proposal is adopted as written.

The Gibson Dunn alert warns “increased (government) enforcement may also be complicated by multiple agencies pursuing the same actions, resulting in the potential for companies having to deal with overlapping and uncoordinated inquiries.”

In other terms, the Biden administration’s new cyber strategy may create a terribly difficult situation for private entities struggling to keep their operations afloat in the midst of the anemic Biden economy by having what has largely been the incompetent and ineffective executive branch forcing brand new compliance standards and operating expenses.

The everyday traps we face online are difficult enough to navigate. From online phishing schemes to malvertising enabled by Big Tech, every website and advertisement we click on is a potential trap. So, with Joe Biden’s track record less than sparkling, entrepreneurs must worry that they may be unfairly targeted and find themselves facing stiff penalties as a result of poorly written new regulations. 

Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by many of the most heavily trafficked websites in the world.


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