US senators quiz DHS about efforts to protect against Russian cyberattacks

A bipartisan mix of senators from the US Senate have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security to ask about its efforts to protect the US from Russian cyberattacks.

According to Security Week, the group – comprising 22 senators – raised the concerns of potential cyber activity in the context of the current war in Ukraine, while underlining Russia’s history of cyber activity, of which includes disinformation, propaganda and intellectual property theft.

The senators stated in the latter that while the US ‘stands with the Ukrainian people’, the US must make sure that the homeland is protected from possible retaliatory cyber activities.

The letter said, “We therefore commend the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for creating the Shields Up Technical Guidance webpage to help organisations prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impact of cyberattacks in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

In the letter, the senators underlined that they want to learn about CISA’s proactive measures against Russian state-sponsored attacks, about the strategy in place if US critical infrastructure is targeted, how guidance is being shared with critical infrastructure entities, how the DHS is defending against Russian disinformation.

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