President Obama today issued Presidential Policy Directive PPD-41, which sets out the federal government structure for responding to “significant cyber incidents.” The Directive, which has been in the works for at least two years, comes as the Administration is grappling with the latest major cyber incident, the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and the resulting leak of embarrassing information. Many experts are attributing the hack to Russian intelligence agencies. Some further speculate that the leaks are aimed at causing trouble for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Coincidentally, PPD-41 bears some striking similarities to the original presidential directive on responding to cyber incidents, Presidential Decision Directive/NSC-63, issued by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Plus ça change … in cyber and in politics.