The Decision Was Taken Due to Elevated Malicious Cyber Activity.
Last updated on March 31, 2022
On April 1, 2015, former President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13694, which sanctioned anyone who were coordinating or participating to cyberattacks against the United States and proclaimed a state of national emergency.
What Happened Now?
President Joe Biden announced today that the state of national emergency imposed to cope with increasingly frequent and serious harmful cyber threats to the United States national security, foreign policy, and economy has been extended for an additional 90 days.
Such cyber-enabled criminal action, according to Executive Order 13694, includes critical infrastructure breaches, denial of service assaults, and data theft events that represent major harm to the national security of the United States, foreign policy, the economy, or financial stability.
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities, is to continue in effect beyond April 1, 2022.
Significant malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13694 with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities.
A “SHIELDS UP!” warning from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for all US firms, urging them to take preemptive steps to secure their networks, prompted the Biden administration’s decision.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could impact organizations both within and beyond the region, to include malicious cyber activity against the U.S. homeland, including as a response to the unprecedented economic costs imposed on Russia by the U.S. and our allies and partners. Evolving intelligence indicates that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks. Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber incidents. As the nation’s cyber defense agency, CISA stands ready to help organizations prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impact of cyberattacks. When cyber incidents are reported quickly, we can use this information to render assistance and as warning to prevent other organizations and entities from falling victim to a similar attack.
In the advisory issued by CISA businesses can find a series of recommendations for all organizations to adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.
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