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IDG Contributor Network: Cyber incident response: Who does what?

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Sep 1, 2016.

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    “Who in the government will help me if we face a significant cyber incident?”

    It’s a question I get asked all the time, and until recently, there hasn’t been a clear answer. That changed last month, when President Obama issued a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on cyber incident coordination.

    The PPD identifies federal agencies to lead specific aspects of incident response in the event of a significant cyber incident. (A “significant cyber incident” is defined as a cyber incident likely to result in demonstrable harm to the U.S. economy, national security interests, foreign relations, or to the public confidence, civil liberties, or public health and safety of the American people.) Unfortunately, the federal government has responded to several significant cyber incidents over the past few years. This PPD builds upon lessons learned from responding to those incidents, as well as the federal government’s experience in all types of disaster response (hurricanes, bombings, etc.).

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