The administration of US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) has published a list of requirements for communication networks that require the highest level of security. The new requirements require using government-approved encryption and reporting issues to the US National Security Agency (NSA).
The requirements, outlined in a national security memo released Wednesday, require agencies like the Pentagon, CIA and Department of Energy to take basic steps to secure the networks that store the most sensitive US data. Requirements include: mandatory use of multi-factor authentication or multiple password levels provided by various services; NSA-approved encryption and the use of zero-trust architectures, software for continuous verification of user identity and device authenticity.
The memo builds on the Biden administration’s previous calls for federal civilian networks. The White House has made cybersecurity one of its top priorities after a series of incidents including blackmail attempts, one of which crippled gas supplies on the US east coast last year.