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US Issues Directive on Government Response to Major Hacks

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White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 10:16 AM

The Obama administration released a new directive Tuesday outlining how the U.S. government intends to respond to significant cyberattacks.

The directive provides for the first time public guidance on the specific roles different federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, should play in coordinating efforts to investigate and response to cyber-incidents that hit both government and the private sector.

The policy, years in the making, comes amid mounting suspicion that hackers working for Russia may be leaking emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to affect the U.S. presidential election.

"To put it bluntly, we are in the midst of a revolution of the cyber threat - one that is growing more persistent, more diverse, more frequent and more dangerous every day," White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said at a cybersecurity conference in New York.

The new presidential policy directive "will help answer a question heard too often from corporations and citizens alike - 'In the wake of an attack, who do I call for help?'" Monaco added.

The directive includes a five-point scale detailing how it grades the severity of an incident.

A significant cyber-incident is defined as one that is likely to result in harm to national security or economic interests, foreign relations, or the public confidence, health safety or civil liberties of the American people, according to a White House fact sheet. 

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