Biden leading ‘whole-of-government’ response to hack

President Biden and top administration officials said Monday they are taking a “whole of government” approach to both responding to the debilitating ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline and to strengthening the security of critical utilities moving forward.

“This is something my administration, our administration, has been tracking extremely carefully, and I have been personally briefed every day,” Biden said during remarks on the economy Monday at the White House.

Top Biden administration officials stressed Monday that the federal government was taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to tackling the impact of the attack.

“We are taking a multi-pronged and whole of government response to this incident and to ransomware overall,” Anne Neuberger, Biden’s deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, told reporters during the White House briefing Monday.