“Losses from cybercrime are expected to rise from $8.44 trillion in 2022 to $11 trillion in 2023.[1]
Recognizing the critical role of cloud computing and cloud data storage in modern infrastructure, the US Government has taken proactive steps to enhance cloud security and minimize cyber-attack threats. While safeguarding their own cloud environment

Safeguarding Data Integrity in Healthcare, private companies are collaborating with US Government to manage these threats effectively. Here is current list of some of the key initiatives at a high level:

  1. Public-Private Partnerships: The US Government actively engages with private sector organizations, cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure, and industry experts to share threat intelligence, best practices, and strategies for mitigating cyber risks. Established in 2015,Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, CTIIC, serves as the focal point within the US Government for analyzing, integrating, and sharing intelligence about cyber threats. It collaborates with other intelligence agencies and the private sector to improve the understanding of cyber threats. Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), announced in May 2021, is a collaborative initiative between the US Cyber Command and the private sector aimed at bolstering cybersecurity efforts. Department of Defense (DoD) collaborates with private sector technology companies to strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities. For example, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) works with commercial firms to accelerate the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and cybersecurity practices in the defense sector.
  2. Cybersecurity Frameworks and Standards: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed comprehensive cybersecurity frameworks, guidelines and best practices, such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the Cloud Computing Security Publication Series. These documents help organizations implement robust security practices in their cloud environments

  1. Continuous Monitoring and Incident Response: The US Government emphasizes continuous monitoring of cloud environments to identify potential security incidents promptly. A well-defined incident response plan enables rapid containment and recovery in case of cyber-attacks. United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, US-CERT, operated by the Department of Homeland Security(DHS), coordinates defense against and response to cyber incidents across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as private sector organizations. It collaborates with various partners to provide timely and actionable cybersecurity information and alerts. National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), serves as the central hub for cybersecurity information sharing, collaboration, and incident response among federal agencies, private sector organizations, and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. It facilitates real-time sharing of threat intelligence to combat cyber threats.  
  2. Cybersecurity Education and Training: To strengthen the overall cybersecurity posture, the government collaborates with private sector entities to promote cybersecurity education and training programs. These initiatives aim to create a skilled workforce capable of handling cloud-related security challenges. On July 15, 2021, agencies across the U.S. government announced new resources and initiatives to protect American businesses and communities from ransomware attacks. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware by private and public organizations. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies(NICCS) is a comprehensive program established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address the growing need for skilled cybersecurity professionals in both the public and private sectors. NICCS serves as a centralized resource hub that provides information and resources for individuals interested in cybersecurity careers and organizations seeking to enhance their cybersecurity workforce. 

  1. Threat Information Sharing Platforms: . In December 2015, the US Congress passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act(CISA), which encourages the sharing of cyber threat information between the private sector and the federal government. The act provides legal protections for companies sharing cybersecurity information with the government and other private entities to foster collaboration against cyber threats. The US Government facilitates secure information sharing platforms where private sector organizations can report and exchange cyber threat intelligence. This real-time collaboration helps in staying ahead of evolving cyber threats. 

Cloud computing has transformed the IT landscape and empowered businesses with unprecedented scalability and flexibility. However, it is crucial to acknowledge the inherent vulnerabilities that come with this technology. The US Government’s proactive approach in collaborating with the private sector is instrumental in fortifying cloud security and minimizing cyber attack threats. By implementing best practices, adhering to cybersecurity standards, and promoting information sharing, both the public and private sectors can create a more secure cloud ecosystem that protects sensitive data and fosters innovation. 


[2] The latest national cybersecurity strategies announced by Biden Administration for the year 2023 can be found here.