Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.
The White House “will be handling further responses through standard incident management procedures,” Neuberger said in a statement on Monday.
She said the private sector played a role in the development of a Microsoft one-click tool to help facilitate data sharing and expedite patching efforts for victims. “This type of partnership sets precedent for future engagements on significant cyber incidents,” she added.
Neuberger mentioned other efforts in response to the cyber incidents, including the release of cyber advisories by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the creation of a methodology by CISA to monitor trends in patching and efforts of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI to identify the scale of the cyber incidents in partnership with industry and legal authorities.
GovConWire Events will host its Defense Cybersecurity Forum to explore the progress that NSA and other federal agencies have made to protect U.S. national security and enhance its capabilities in threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments and cyber defense to stay ahead of the nation’s adversaries in cyberspace.
Morgan Adamski, chief of NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, will serve as a keynote speaker. She will address the Cybersecurity Directorate’s mission, accomplishments in protecting U.S. assets, the role of commercial partnerships and the challenges still to come in cyber.