President Barack Obama signed a Cyber Incident Coordination policy directive on Tuesday that puts processes in place for how the government will respond to malicious or accidental threats to the nation's public and private cyber infrastructure.

The White House directive is designed to improve coordination between government agencies and bring clarity between departments in the event of an incident. The move is seen an important step for the federal government as it faces an increase in the number of cyber threats.

"The Federal government is one of the biggest repositories of data that we have – from Social Security and IRS data alone. It's absolutely a good idea that these agencies – that may not have been incented to work together in the past – are now given a directive on how to cooperate in the future," said Kim Phan, an attorney with Ballard Spahr. "A lot of these agencies have a hard enough time sharing regular information. This makes sure there is intelligent data sharing and cooperation where there may haven't been," she said.

"This is a reaffirmation from the White House that the private sector has a shared responsibility with the government to protect against these type of attacks and to respond effectively to mitigate ongoing harm when there is an attack," Ed McAndrew, a former federal cybercrime prosecutor and partner at Ballard Spahr. "It provides a road map for government agencies and the private sector to follow up on the policy directive and institute concrete steps to ensure the directive is being followed," he said.

McAndrew said that the move is in response to the government's $19 billion cybersecurity budget, which includes $3.1 billion towards information technology modernization efforts such as the Cybersecurity National Action Plan announced in February.