Last week’s U.S. intelligence report tracing Russia’s cyber-meddling with the 2016 presidential election is a timely reminder of the cybersecurity risks that the government and private companies face, said Tom Ridge, the nation’s first secretary of Homeland Security.

“President-elect Trump is entering into a world fraught with hazards as never before,” Ridge said in a telephone interview on Monday. “Russia is a reminder that cyberattacks are a permanent risk to individuals and countries and companies, and you must do all you can to understand the risk. It’s a reminder of how serious and permanent the risk is. The risk continues to get deeper.”

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