Today the White House released a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-41) focused on U.S. cyber incident coordination. PPD-41 sets forth principles governing the federal government’s response to any cyber incident, whether involving government or private sector entities.
The new directive also establishes lead federal agencies, lays a structure for coordinating broader federal government response, and requires the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to maintain updated contact information for the public to use when reporting incidents. The directive defines what cyber incidents are and explains the significant threats they pose.
PPD-41 focuses on shared responsibility between the private sector, government agencies, and individuals, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the various government entities involved.
In his statement on PPD-41, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said the directive “not only clarifies the roles of the various government actors involved in cybersecurity, it re-enforces the reality that cybersecurity must be a partnership between the government and the private sector, and among the law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence components of the government.”
For more information on PPD-41, please follow the links below.
Presidential Policy Directive — United States Cyber Incident Coordination, White House
Statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson Regarding PPD-41, Cyber Incident Coordination, Department of Homeland Security