Are You Aware of our National Cybersecurity Emergency?

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First, sorry for the brief hiatus in posts.  I took a last minute mini-vacation with my wife and forgot to post an udpate to that effect.  So, time to get back to blogging.

This week, President Trump extended the state of national cybersecurity emergency in response to malicious attacks that continue to pose an extraordinary threat to the United States.  This extends the national cybersecurity emergency that was implemented by President Obama on April 1, 2015.  It was due to expire on Sunday.  President Trump’s order is for a one year extension, which is a very good thing.

TreasuryThe original order was in response to growing cyber attacks that have been tied to various malicious actors, including nation states.  The primary response mechanism of the order is sanctions and freezing of assets that are in or passing through the United States by known bad actors.  This responsibility falls to the Department of the Treasury, who has levied sanctions on individuals and governments under this order.

Unless you have been living under an extremely large rock, you should be well aware of the hacking activity of foreign powers that seek to disrupt our economy and weaken our nation.  In announcing the extension of the order, the President said that “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.”

I’m glad to see this order extended and the continued spotlight on these issues.  This is not a simple problem to solve.  More damage is likely to be done.  Stay vigilant protecting yourself and your business online.

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