China introduces emergency plans for cybersecurity incidents

China’s Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs introduced an emergency cybersecurity plan for Internet security incidents, China Daily reports. The plan will “improve handling of cybersecurity incidents, prevent and reduce damage, protect the public interest and safeguard national security, public safety and social order.” The plan divides cybersecurity incidents into six categories, including cyberattacks and information security incidents. It defines four-levels of security warnings and response systems according to threat conditions: the “extremely serious” category relates to disabling important information systems or losing sensitive state information that could impact social stability, and triggers setting up the emergency headquarters and cross-departmental coordination. The plan implements the emergency response mechanism stipulated by the Cybersecurity Law China adopted last year.