Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality'

Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality'
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Commerce Secretary Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoTime to tackle the pandemic's economic disruptions Chinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report US, EU establish trade and technology council to compete with China MORE said Sunday that companies should brace for the reality that cyberattacks have become the norm, but stopped short of proposing that the Biden administration require businesses to secure their technology.

Raimondo said the administration would instead urge businesses to adopt standards such as two-factor authentication and remain “vigilant” about expecting cyberattacks.

“This is the reality and we should assume and businesses should assume that these attacks are here to stay and if anything, will intensify,” Raimondo said.

When asked by ABC’s “This Week” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE if the administration should require businesses to take certain security steps, Raimondo said the administration would avoid taking such a “heavy-handed” approach.

“At this point, we are urging businesses, businesses know how to do this, it’s relatively inexpensive to do the simpler things like two-factor authentication and at the moment we’re going to pursue that versus, you know, what you’re talking about a little bit more heavy-handed approach,” Raimondo said.

Raimondo’s said Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes money to shore up cybersecurity infrastructure for companies but still urged for businesses to remain vigilant.

“It is clear that the private sector needs to be more vigilant, by the way, including small and medium-sized companies, and also President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE has been clear that we are going to do more,” she said.

Raimondo’s comments come after Russia-based hacker groups were found to have infiltrated two U.S. companies that provide gasoline and beef to the nation.

“The only good news here, George, is that some very simple steps like two-factor authentication having proper backups, and backup technology, can be enormously helpful against a wide variety of these attacks,” Raimondo said.