DOD Cyber Rule May Create As Many Problems As It Solves

By Daniel Wilson (October 20, 2016, 11:05 PM EDT) -- While the Pentagon's final rule requiring defense contractors to report cyberattacks on their networks has resolved some industry concerns, such as by excluding commercial off-the-shelf contracts that don't typically involve sensitive information, it is also raising new worries about increased compliance burdens, attorneys say.

The final "network penetration" rule, unveiled on Thursday and set to go into effect at the end of 2017, tweaks the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to require U.S. Department of Defense contractors to report to the DOD whenever their networks containing "covered defense information" are breached, part of a broader recent push to improve cybersecurity.

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