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Obama Signs Presidential Policy Directive 20 on Cyber Terrorism

Dec 1st, 2012 defenses, Terrorism

The Washington Post reports that President Obama signed a secret directive authorizing more aggressive military action to thwart cyber attacks on U.S. networks.

Specifically, the article states, Presidential Policy Directive 20 established standards to provide strict guidelines to federal agencies in their dealings with cyber threats, and made an attempt to definitively draw a line between “offensive” and “defensive” action in cyber terrorism. The Post quotes a senior administration official as saying:

What it does, really for the first time, is it explicitly talks about how we will use cyber-operations. Network defense is what you’re doing inside your own networks . . . Cyber-operations is stuff outside that space, and recognizing that you could be doing that for what might be called defensive purposes.

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