A proclamation on Cyber Security Awareness Month, 2021
Our nation is under constant and ever increasing threat from malicious cyber actors. Ransomware attacks have disrupted hospitals, schools, police departments, fuel pipelines, food suppliers, and small businesses, delaying essential services and endangering Americans’ lives and livelihoods. Any disruption, corruption or dysfunction of our vital infrastructure can have a debilitating effect on national and economic security, public health and our daily safety.
Since its inception, Cyber Security Awareness Month has increased the central role that cyber security plays in our national security and economy. In this Cyber Security Awareness Month, we re-commit to doing our part to secure and protect our internet-connected devices, technologies and networks from cyber threats at work, home, school and wherever we go. let’s connect online. I encourage all Americans to responsibly protect their sensitive data and improve their cybersecurity awareness by embracing this year’s theme: “Do your part.” Be cyber-smart.
My administration has worked to strengthen the defense of our systems and protect the federal government’s information and communications infrastructure. Earlier this year, I signed an executive order to modernize and improve the security of our technology, especially in areas such as software security, information sharing, and modernization of federal networks. The executive order also directs the federal government to acquire only products that meet strict cybersecurity standards, which, by pushing tech companies to raise the bar, will ultimately improve the security of those products for all users. Americans.
The reality is that most of our nation’s critical infrastructure – from transmission lines to energy providers to other vital areas – is owned and operated by the private sector. Therefore, the security of our critical infrastructure depends on federal, state, local, tribal and territorial coordination with owners and operators of infrastructure to achieve greater strength and security. My administration works in close coordination with the private sector. Earlier this year, we began establishing strong cybersecurity goals that define our expectations of owners and operators of critical infrastructure in the United States. We have also launched a 100-day initiative to improve cybersecurity across the electricity sector. This initiative has already enabled more than 150 utilities serving 90 million Americans to deploy or commit to deploying cybersecurity technology – and we are now in the process of expanding this initiative to gas pipelines. My administration is also working with the international community to raise the profile of cybersecurity as an issue of global security concern.
We recently hosted a meeting with business, nonprofit and education leaders on how to protect their industries and our infrastructure. We work closely with the private sector to share information, strengthen cybersecurity practices, and deploy technologies that increase resilience against cyber attacks. My administration also launched StopRansomware.gov to provide a one-stop resource for Americans to learn how to avoid ransomware and what to do if their computer is compromised.
During Cyber Security Awareness Month, I ask everyone to “do your part. Be cyber-smart. All Americans can help raise awareness of cybersecurity best practices to reduce cyber risk. Whether you’re at home, at school, or in the office, a few simple steps can help protect you and your data online. By limiting the amount of personal information shared online, regularly updating devices and software, and using complex passwords and multi-factor authentication methods, our entire nation will be more resilient to the constant threat of cybercriminals. – malicious actors.
THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by authority conferred on me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, proclaim October 2021 Awareness Month to cybersecurity. Through events, training and education, I call on US citizens, businesses and institutions to recognize the importance of cybersecurity, take action to better protect against cyber threats and to observe Cyber Security Awareness Month in support of our national security and resilience.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have appended my signature this thirtieth day of September, in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-one, and of the independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-six.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.