When the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency — or CISA — launched the Shields Up campaign early this year, it did so with one goal in mind: to help individuals and organizations defend against cyber intrusions, particularly from Russia. Through its sharing of best practices, tools, and resources to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of potential cyber incidents, CISA and its counterparts at FBI and other federal agencies have worked with industry and the American people to maintain a heightened cybersecurity posture in the face of continuing cyberthreats stemming from the current crisis.
Through this extensive coordination across the public and private sectors, underpinned by the Biden administration’s elevation of cybersecurity as a core national security imperative, this approach is working. Despite relentless Russian cyberattacks on Ukrainian networks, which have had spillover impacts on the networks of other European nations, the U.S. has not to date suffered a major Russian state-sponsored attack. But, as we in the cyber world are well aware, the prospect of cyberattacks here at home — whether by Russia or other malign state and non-state actors — will not dissipate