President Joe Biden’s new cybersecurity plan would crack down on ‘insecure’ software

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The White House has issued a new cybersecurity strategy that addresses, among other things, the role of large tech companies in preventing cyberattacks. The strategy document calls to “rebalance the responsibility to defend cyberspace,” shifting responsibility for things like ransomware attacks off of individuals, small businesses, and local governments. It also singles out China as “the broadest, most active, and most persistent threat to both government and private sector networks.”

President Joe Biden’s plan outlines goals rather than immediately implemented rules. But if passed into laws and regulations, it would expand cybersecurity requirements for companies that run digital infrastructure the White House deems critical. That could…

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