US wants to create secure digital ecosystem with new security strategy

The wording is vague, the goal is unclear, the power is absolute: what could go wrong?

The US government is launching a new cybersecurity strategy. The strategy should make the United States (us) more resilient to the growing amount of cyber attacks, cybercrime and attackers by state actors.

The National Cybersecurity Strategy has been announced by the US White House. The strategy aims to create a secure digital ecosystem for all Americans. “In this decisive decade, the United States will reinvent cyberspace as a tool to achieve our goals in a way that reflects our values: economic security and prosperity; respect for Human Rights and fundamental freedoms; trust in our democracy and democratic institutions; and a just and diverse society,” the White House said.

China and Russia named as main source of threats

China and Russia are cited as the main source of cybersecurity threats in the strategy. In a discussion with journalists, a US government official identifies Russian attackers as the main target of the cybersecurity strategy, Reuters reports. The official, who wants to remain anonymous, calls Russia a ” de facto safe haven for cybercrime.”

The strategy includes working with foreign partners to pressure “Russia’s other rogue actors” to change their behavior, according to a second official who also wants to remain anonymous.

The National Cybersecurity Strategy includes the following steps:

  1. Defend critical infrastructure;
  2. Disrupting and dismantling threatening actors;
  3. Shape market forces to boost security and resilience;
  4. Invest in a resilient future;
  5. Forge international partnerships to pursue shared goals

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