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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

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The U.S. Capitol at dusk, with a representation of cyberspace.

One official said the thrust of the forthcoming strategy "is to say both the administration will continue to use existing authorities where we have those, as well as work with Congress to fill in gaps in regulation."


The Biden administration is nearing publication of a national cybersecurity blueprint that for the first time embraces a major role for regulation.

The strategy, which is a sea change from past blueprints, will arrive in the aftermath of a series of major cyberattacks — such as the 2021 Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, which sparked a fuel panic on the East Coast — that prompted the administration to rethink voluntary measures.

In response, the Biden administration has issued or is in the process of issuing a number of cybersecurity regulations using preexisting executive branch powers, such as requirements for key pipeline operators to develop detailed plans for responding to cybersecurity incidents. Congress, too, passed legislation requiring critical infrastructure owners and operators to disclose to the federal government within 72 hours when they suffer a major cyberattack.

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