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[ISN] Obama reportedly signs secretive cybersecurity policy directive



http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57550092-83/obama-reportedly-signs-secretive-cybersecurity-policy-directive/

By Dara Kerr
CNET News
November 14, 2012

President Obama has long said cybersecurity is one of his priorities and it appears he is now acting on his words.

According to the Washington Post, he is said to have signed a secret policy directive last month that will give the military and other government authorities the ability to act quickly if the country comes under cyberattack.

Dubbed the "Presidential Policy Directive 20," this classified document allegedly outlines the rules of how federal agencies are allowed to react when it comes to online breaches of security, hacking, cyberthreats, and attacks.

One of the major elements of the directive, according to the Washington Post, is that it deals with "offensive" versus "defensive" action and makes the distinction between network defense and cyber operations.

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