Biden’s cyber priorities zero in on Russian hack

President Biden and his administration have hit the ground running on cybersecurity during his first week in office, with a particular emphasis on addressing the fallout from the recently discovered Russian hack that hit much of the federal government.

Experts are calling the focus on cyber issues — and Biden’s efforts to quickly fill key roles and push back against foreign adversaries — a breath of fresh air after four years of the Trump administration.

“Certainly all of the action, and the substantive nature of the action, represents that they’ve put cybersecurity as a priority, which they had said in the transition, but they are putting their money where their mouth is and moving forward on it,” said Kiersten Todt, former executive director of a cybersecurity commission under former President Obama who’s now managing director of the Cyber Readiness Institute.