The National Counterintelligence and Security Center this week released resources to help the private sector protect American innovation and computer networks from growing threats from foreign intelligence entities. “Make no mistake, American companies are squarely in the cross-hairs of well-financed nation-state actors, who are routinely breaching private sector networks, stealing proprietary data and compromising supply chains,” said NCSC Director William Evanina. “The attacks are persistent, aggressive and cost our nation jobs, economic advantage and hundreds of billions of dollars. To enhance private sector awareness, we’re arming U.S. companies with information they need to better understand and defend against these threats.” According to a statement issued last year by National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, NIH also is working with its funded academic institutions, professional organizations and others to identify robust methods to mitigate the risk to intellectual property security. For further information or assistance on the issue, contact John Riggi, AHA senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk and former FBI Cyber senior executive, at jriggi@aha.org.

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