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White House outlines 100-day plan to upgrade U.S. cyberdefenses

President Joe Biden meets on Monday with a bipartisan group of members of Congress to discuss investments in his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo by Doug Mills/UPI/Pool
President Joe Biden meets on Monday with a bipartisan group of members of Congress to discuss investments in his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo by Doug Mills/UPI/Pool | License Photo

April 20 (UPI) -- The White House said Tuesday that President Joe Biden's administration is beginning a 100-day plan to guard critical U.S. electric infrastructure against sophisticated cyber threats.

The plan aims to upgrade and improve defenses for electrical infrastructure and increase the government's ability to detect and analyze cyber threats.

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The plan includes what the White House called "aggressive but achievable milestones" in helping owners and operators modernize cybersecurity and enhance detection, mitigation and forensic capabilities.

"This is a coordinated effort between the Department of Energy, the electricity industry and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency," National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement.

"Protecting our nation's critical infrastructure is a shared responsibility of government and the owners and operators of that infrastructure."

Horne said the private sector owns much of the U.S. cyberinfrastructure and is critical in its protection.

"These efforts underscore the president's commitment to building back better and tackling cyber threats from adversaries who seek to compromise critical systems that are essential to U.S. national and economic security," she added.

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