There will be no new surveillance programs for American companies from President Biden despite recent attacks.
The importance of cybersecurity was raised after the two latest events, including the China-related hack of Microsoft’s Exchange and the likely Russian hack on SolarWinds, with the Exchange hack was announced on March 2 and SolarWinds breach surfaced in mid-February.
These cyberattacks show how hazardous popular programs can be for government and networks, which rely on them. In response, the Biden administration opted out of extending surveillance capabilities to the federal government system, as such actions may be too sensitive between balancing civil liberty and privacy.
According to the Washington Examiner, a senior administration official confirmed Biden’s team has decided that government agencies will not be granted further authorities for cyber surveillance at the moment.
Based on the senior official’s explanation, a tightening relationship between the U.S. government and private sector is more crucial as its visibility into the domestic market and private sector sites are influential. He claims that uncategorized handling of these liability barriers is adequate.
“And we can address the liability barriers that disincentivize U.S. companies from both addressing some of these issues and rapidly sharing information when there are,” quoted the Washington Examiner.
Their reaction seems to be keeping privacy regulations at the unclassified range, perhaps with these recently emerging threats around high-tech communication, tough actions might be way too much.