On May 12, U.S. President Joe Biden announced the creation of a commission to review air accidents and the introduction of new software standards for government agencies, following a series of digital attacks that have rocked the country.
The attack on the Colonial Pipeline is the latest in a series of damaging violations of U.S. interests, following a digital blackmail attempt against the Colonial Pipeline, a major fuel transportation company that has caused panic buying and fuel shortages in the southeastern United States.
The President’s order called for the creation of an organization to investigate large-scale hacks, similar to the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into plane crashes, and the introduction of new safety standards for software purchased by government agencies.
The rules – drawn up by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology – are among the most important parts of the order, because they are designed to protect small and medium-sized enterprises.
Other rules imposed by the order require the use of multifactor authentication and the use of encryption for both stored data and communication.
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