Mayorkas pledges to modernize US cyber-defenses after their failure to detect alleged Russian spies

A suspected Russian hacking campaign exposed glaring shortcomings in the U.S. government’s approach to cybersecurity, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Wednesday while promising to harness federal resources to improve public and private-sector defenses. Mayorkas pledged to improve nearly every major facet of DHS’s cybersecurity work, from helping federal agencies recover from hacks to thwarting them in the first place. Part of that will come through an executive order President Joe Biden is expected to release soon to tighten security requirements for federal agencies and the software vendors that supply them. “Our government got hacked last year and we didn’t know about it for months,” Mayorkas said at an event hosted by security firm RSA. “This incident is one of many that underscores the need for the federal government to modernize cybersecurity defenses and deepen our partnerships,” Mayorkas said, referring to the alleged Russian spying operation exploiting contractor SolarWinds and
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