FBI, This Week: FBI to Hold Key Role in Nation's Cyber Security Response


July 28, 2016

The FBI is designated to play a key role in the response to a significant cyber incident, should one occur.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI is designated to play a key role in the response to a significant cyber incident, should one occur.

The designation comes from a recently released Presidential Policy Directive on U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination Policy.

James Trainor is the assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division.

James Trainor: Threat response, which the FBI has been designated as the lead, is really about pursuing the individuals responsible for conducting that activity.

Halpern: Cyber incidents have serious consequences, and so it benefits victim business leaders and consumers to understand how U.S agencies respond. The FBI is part of the Cyber Unified Coordination Group, which will help facilitate the response.

Trainor: It’s a whole-of-government, coordinated, very transparent process, but it does establish lanes in the road. But more importantly, I think, it provides some clarity to the public. So now they have a sense of, if a major data breach happens, this is what engagement with the U.S. government will look like.

Halpern: With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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