President Issues Classified Directive to Counter Cybersecurity Threats

On November 14, 2012, the Washington Post reported that President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 20 in mid-October to address the cyber-operations of military and federal agencies. The policy, which updates a 2004 presidential directive, is part of a broader effort by the Administration to address ever increasing cyberthreats to the country. According to the article, “The new policy makes clear that the government will turn first to law enforcement or traditional network defense techniques before asking military for help…and establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace…The policy also lays out a process to vet any operations outside government and defense networks and ensure that U.S. citizens’ and foreign allies’ data and privacy are protected and international laws of war are followed." To read the article, visit the Washington Post website.