Gov’t Contractors Must Secure Federal Data Under New Rule

Law360, Washington (May 13, 2016, 4:56 PM EDT) -- Federal agencies will soon be required to include language in contracts and solicitations requiring contractors to adopt basic cybersecurity measures to protect systems containing information about federal contracts, according to a rule scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Monday.

The rule — which requires “actions a prudent businessperson would employ,” according to the government — is one of several unrelated contracting regulations unveiled simultaneously by the Pentagon and other agencies, including a rule that implements White House policy on seeking alternatives to certain greenhouse gas-emitting chemicals and a rule that simplifies the process for certain acquisitions related to foreign...

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