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DHS Creates Response Plan for Potential Cyberattacks

cyberwarfareThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created a draft of a cyber response plan in case there is a cybersecurity attack. The response plan has been created through collaboration between several agencies and it entails how different businesses and agencies need to react in the event of a cyberattack. For example, what would be the role and responsibility of the Department of Transportation. The newly opened National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will be vital to the cyber response plan.

There will be a simulation of a cyberattack in September 2010 in order to test the legitimacy of the response plan. The simulation is called “Cyberstorm III.” From NextGov reporting, Michael Brown, the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, stated, “There are multiple authorities or lack of authorities associated with all partners in the public and private sectors. This lays out how people are to respond when we hit certain thresholds.”

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