The past six months have seen some of the most widespread and alarming cyber attacks on digital infrastructure in history – against utilities, private sector companies, government entities and people living in democracies around the world. .
“We are deeply concerned about these trends. Safety is the cornerstone of our product strategy. We have dedicated teams like Project Zero that focus on finding and remedying vulnerabilities on the web to make the internet safer for all of us, ”said Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs at Google.
Google said that in the United States, the company is committed to supporting the latest White House executive order on cybersecurity, which makes significant progress in improving U.S. cyber defenses in key areas.
Google has said it strongly supports modernizing IT systems, making security simple and scalable by default, and adopting best practices such as zero trust frameworks.
“As we have seen with SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange attacks, proprietary systems and restrictions on interoperability and data portability can amplify the vulnerability of a network, helping attackers step up their efforts,” noted Walker.
“At Google, we have placed great emphasis on securing the software supply chain, and we have long developed technologies and advocated standards that improve software integrity and security,” he said. added.
Taking a tough stance in the face of growing ransomware attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Justice have announced that they will treat these cyber incidents as terrorist attacks.
Major meat producer JBS USA suffered a cyberattack and the ransom demand came from a criminal organization presumably based in Russia.
The latest ransomware attack came weeks after a similar cyberattack targeting Colonial Pipeline, which forced the company to shut down approximately 5,500 miles of fuel pipeline for days.
Significant improvement in cybersecurity, Google said, will require the public and private sectors to work together in areas such as sharing information on cyberthreats; develop a comprehensive defensive security posture to protect against ransomware; and coordinate how they identify and invest in next-generation security tools.
“Governments need the support of the whole industry and we are ready and willing to do our part,” Walker said.