FBI, DHS Among Agencies That Will Streamline Cybersecurity Efforts

FBI, DHS Among Agencies That Will Streamline Cybersecurity Efforts

President Obama released the Presidential Policy Directive -41 (PPD-41) on United States Cyber Incident Coordination today which is aimed at combatting significant cyber threats against the United States. This new policy directive will build upon the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) which was released back in February of 2016.

“Every day, Federal law enforcement and those agencies responsible for network defense in the United States manage, respond to, and investigate cyber incidents in order to ensure the security of our information and communications infrastructure,” according to the White House memo released today.

Officials say the cybersecurity threat is real. "Criminals, terrorists, and countries who wish to do us harm have all realized that attacking us online is often easier than attacking us in person," officials said in February.  This new policy directive will enable multiple government agencies to work together in unity with a streamlined communications network aimed at combatting cyberterrorism both here and abroad.

Cyber threats will be divided into three main categories: threat response, asset response and intelligence support. The FBI and the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, which are part of the Department of Justice, will handle threat responses. The National Security and Communications Integration Center, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, will handle asset responses. Finally, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, which is part of the Office of Director of National Intelligence, will handle intelligence support.

FBI Assistant Director James Trainor said “this new policy will also enhance the continuing efforts of the FBI—in conjunction with its partners—to protect the American public, businesses, organizations, and the economy and security of our nation from the wide range of cyber actors who threaten us.”

 

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