US IS­SUES GUIDE­LINES FOR RE­SPOND­ING TO MA­JOR CY­BER­AT­TACKS

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS - REUTERS

2 The White House is­sued new in­struc­tions on how gov­ern­ment agen­cies should re­spond to ma­jor cy­ber se­cu­rity at­tacks, at­tempt­ing to com­bat per­cep­tions the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has been slug­gish in ad­dress­ing threats from so­phis­ti­cated hack­ing ad­ver­saries. The an­nounce­ment was made amid sus­pi­cion in the U.S. gov­ern­ment that hack­ers work­ing for Rus­sia may have en­gi­neered the leak of emails stolen from the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. The di­rec­tive, which was years in the mak­ing and in­cludes a five-point scale to grade the sever­ity of an in­ci­dent, pro­vides the first pub­lic guid­ance on the spe­cific roles of fed­eral agen­cies in co­or­di­nat­ing ef­forts to in­ves­ti­gate and re­spond to cy­ber se­cu­rity breaches in gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor.

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