Analysis

Biden Order Adds Info-Sharing Onus On Wary Contractors

By Daniel Wilson (May 14, 2021, 10:25 PM EDT) -- President Joe Biden's executive order aimed at protecting federal networks from cyberattacks will impose new requirements on contractors, especially those that work exclusively with civilian agencies, such as sharing information about security breaches they may otherwise want to keep confidential.

Following high-profile cyberattacks like last year's massive breach of SolarWinds Corp.'s software that compromised several federal agencies' networks, and the recent ransomware attack that locked down a major fuel supply pipeline, Biden's Wednesday order imposes a raft of new cybersecurity requirements intended to help protect federal networks against cyberattacks and better respond when they do occur.

Many of its provisions either...

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