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On July 26, 2016, the White House unveiled Presidential Policy Directive PPD-41, which sets forth principles for federal responses to cyber incidents approved by the National Security Council. PPD-41 first focuses on incident response to cyber attacks on government assets, but also outlines federal incident responses to cyber attacks on certain critical infrastructure within the private sector.
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On February 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with other federal agencies, released a series of documents outlining procedures for both federal and non-federal entities to share and disseminate cybersecurity information. These documents were released as directed by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, signed into law on December 18, 2015.
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On February 9, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a permanent Federal Privacy Council that will serve as the principal interagency support structure to improve the privacy practices of government agencies and entities working on their behalf.
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On December 16, 2015, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released an omnibus spending bill that contained cybersecurity information sharing language that is based on a compromise between the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and two cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed in the House earlier this year.
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On January 13, 2015, President Obama announced legislative proposals and administration efforts with respect to cybersecurity, including a specific proposal for a national data breach notification standard.
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In a flurry of activity on cybersecurity, the U.S. Congress unexpectedly approved four cybersecurity bills that clarify the role of the Department of Homeland Security in private-sector information sharing, codify the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework, reform oversight of federal information systems, and enhance the cybersecurity workforce.
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