BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Top Idaho officials are warning that the state needs more direction on how to detect and respond to hackers who attempt to steal valuable information from Idaho citizens.

The recently-appointed Idaho Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force met for the first time Wednesday. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter created the task force earlier this year, charging them to pinpoint defense tactics against the growing number of cyber-attacks.

Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security Director Brad Richy says knowing how to respond to an online attack is just as important as knowing how to respond to a natural disaster.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little is chairing the task force, which also includes representatives from the Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho State Police, Department of Administration, Tax Commission and universities.