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White House acknowledges growing cyberattack threat

A new Cyber Incident Severity Schema will be used to categorize the seriousness of the threat.

There are six different threat levels starting with zero (white), which is an unsubstantiated event. Going all the way to a level five emergency (black), which is an imminent threat to the provision of wide-scale critical infrastructure services, national government stability, or to the lives of U.S. persons.

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The chart is reminiscent of the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System that was put in place after 9/11. It's been some time since we've heard anything about the government's plans to confront the threat of cybersecurity. Last November, reports began coming out that a list of 150 ideas had been compiled. Click here to see what else was discussed as an option to prevent these threats.

If you want to read the entire Presidential Policy Directive you can check it out at whitehouse.gov.

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