DHS Wants Your Feedback During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and DHS is soliciting public feedback on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP). The creation of a coordinated, nation-wide approach to cyber incidents is required under Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41): United States Cyber Incident Coordination. President Obama issued this directive in response to lessons learned in the wake of cyber incidents targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Office of Personnel Management. In light of the recent Joint Statement released by DHS and ODNI on election security and cyberthreats, coordinated cyber incident response will be crucial in the coming months.

Since no single federal agency can unilaterally deal with cyber incidents, the NCIRP “outlines the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and international stakeholders during a cyber incident; identifies the core capabilities required in the event of a cyber incident; and describes the coordination structure the Federal Government will use to coordinate its activities with affected stakeholders.” PPD-41 breaks down response into three roles:

  • Asset response – National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)
  • Threat response – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) & the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF)
  • Intelligence support – Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

You can learn more about the NCIRP and contribute feedback here until 5:00 pm EDT on October 31, 2016.

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