Cybersecurity

SolarWinds cyberattack: Federal Task Force will investigate cyberattack

A coalition of federal agencies has been assembled by the National Security Council to investigate the breadth of the recent SolarWinds cyberattack. Russia is seen to have orchestrated the intrusion.

Аgainst the background of recent events related to SolarWinds cyberattack, the National Security Council established a new task force to investigate which federal networks were affected in the alleged Russian-led cyberattack as reported by govtech.com. 

Known as the Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG), the group is tasked with identifying the scope of the incident and how to mitigate any potential threats resulting from the hack, according to a joint statement by the National Security Council, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA). 

The statement specified that all necessary steps are being taken to understand the full scope of this campaign and to create a response.

According to the UCG’s data, 18,000 public- and private-sector customers of the SolarWinds Orion product have been affected and less than 10 U.S. government agencies are in the list.

The FBI along with UCG, is working to identify victims, collect and analyze evidence, and share their results with those affected by the attack.

Once identified, according to CISA, government agencies can utilize its suspicious activity detection tool, called Sparrow.ps1, to detect any unusual and potentially malicious cyberactivity and remediate systems while preserving and collecting evidence. 

Support for the investigation and implementing other cybersecurity measures is expected to increase in the coming weeks as the Biden-Harris administration takes office. 

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden stated about the appointment of Anne Neuberger to the post of the deputy national security adviser for cybersecurity within the National Security Council. It may be the administration’s first step in re-elevating cybersecurity as a critical national security priority.

Anne Neuberger will be responsible for coordinating the federal government’s cybersecurity efforts, making a special focus on responding to the SolarWinds cyberattack.

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