National cyber incident response plan: We need your input

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As I explained last month, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 41: United States Cyber Incident Coordination this past July in order to define federal agencies’ roles and responsibilities in regards to cyber incident response.

Recognizing that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and effective cyber incident response must involve all levels of government as well as the private sector, PPD-41 also directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) to outline both the private sector and the government’s cyber incident response roles and responsibilities.

Over the past few months, DHS has coordinated with stakeholders from industry, non-profits and all levels of government to develop a draft NCIRP. The draft plan is now available for a 30-day public comment period.

We welcome and encourage your feedback on the draft NCIRP, which will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2016. Instructions on how to provide feedback can be found on the NCIRP website listed above. We will adjudicate public comments in November and December and plan to submit the final draft of the NCIRP to the White House in January 2017.

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