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Cybersecurity Presidential Policy Directive Frequently Asked Questions

Dec 06, 2013
From the Advisory Institute

The Cybersecurity Presidential Policy Directive is a policy of the United States to strengthen the security and resilience of its critical infrastructure against physical and cyber threats.

The White House advocates that these goals can be achieved through a partnership with the owners and operators of critical infrastructure to improve cybersecurity information sharing and collaboratively develop and implement risk-based standards.

This article addresses the following questions:

  • What is considered "critical infrastructure"?
  • Why was the presidential policy directive produced?
  • What does the directive encompass?
  • To whom does the directive apply?
  • What is a sector-specific agency?
  • What are the responsibilities of sector-specific agencies?
  • Which sectors are included in the directive?
  • What will be included in the cybersecurity framework?
  • How will the framework be deployed?
  • What will be the process for adopting the cybersecurity framework?


Also included are highlights of the timeline established in the directive for the creation and deployment of the cybersecurity framework.


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