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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday the release of a report produced by the Attorney General's Cyber-Digital Task Force.

The report provides "a comprehensive assessment of the cyber-enabled threats confronting the nation, and catalogues the ways in which the Department of Justice combats those threats," according to a DOJ press release.

Sessions established the Cyber-Digital Task Force — which is chaired by Associate Deputy Attorney General Sujit Raman — in February and directed the Task Force to answer two basic questions: How is the department responding to global cyber threats? And how can federal law enforcement accomplish its mission in this area more effectively?

The report:

  • canvasses a wide spectrum of cyber threats
  • defines the multi-faceted challenges posed by cyber-enabled crime
  • describes the department’s work in detecting, deterring, and disrupting threats
  • explains how the department collaborates with other government departments and with the private sector to respond to cyber incidents
  • explores how the department trains and maintains a skilled workforce

"The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can be—and frequently are—exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments," Sessions said in a written statement.

"At the Department of Justice, we take these threats seriously. That is why I am grateful to the members of the Cyber-Digital Task Force for providing me with this thorough, first-of-its-kind report, which comprehensively details the scope of the problem and provides initial recommendations on the most effective ways that the Department can confront cyber threats and keep the American people safe," he added.

The initial report of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force can be downloaded here, along with a fact sheet here.

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