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Biden uses pipeline hack to pitch his infrastructure plan — which doesn't mention cybersecurity

The $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan includes physical infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and retrofitting federal buildings as well as green energy initiatives.

Updated: May 15, 2021 - 10:00am

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President Biden pitched his $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan during a speech about the Colonial Pipeline hack on Thursday — but the proposal doesn't mention cybersecurity, hacking or cyber crime.

Biden's American Jobs Plan includes physical infrastructure investments in roads, bridges and retrofitting federal buildings as well as green energy initiatives. 

Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid the cyber hackers nearly $5 million in ransom. Biden delivered an address in response to the hack.

During the speech, Biden said the Colonial Pipeline hack shows the need to "harden our infrastructure" against attacks.

"This event is providing an urgent reminder of why we need to harden our infrastructure and make it more resilient against all threats, natural and manmade," he said.

"Now we're seeing the effect of criminal hackers with gas lines throughout the southeast," Biden continued. "We're in a competition with China and the rest of the world to win the 21st century economically, and we're not going to win it in competing with an infrastructure that is out of the 20th century. We need a modern infrastructure. My American Jobs Plan includes transformative investment in modernizing and securing our critical infrastructure." 

The White House has released a fact sheet outlining Biden's plan. It has not been drafted into legislation yet.

"Our electric grid is vulnerable to catastrophic outages," reads the plan outline. “Too many lack access to affordable, high-speed Internet and to quality housing. President Biden's plan increases resilience in the most essential services, including the electric grid; food systems; urban infrastructure; community health and hospitals; and our roads, rail, and other transportation assets."

 

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