US taking ‘urgent’ steps to improve cybersecurity

President Biden said Thursday that his administration is launching an “urgent initiative” to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, pointing to concerns involving both Russia and China.

“We’ve elevated the status of cyber issues within our government,” Biden said as part of a national security speech at the State Department. “We are launching an urgent initiative to improve our capability, readiness and resilience in cyberspace.”

Biden stressed that he planned to push back against Russian malign efforts in particular, including election interference and cyberattacks, emphasizing that “the days of the United States rolling over in the face of aggressive actions…are over.”