Analysis

Congress Seizes On Incident Reports In Fighting Cyberattacks

By Allison Grande (March 16, 2022, 9:11 PM EDT) -- Federal lawmakers have put the spotlight on incident reporting in passing legislation that sets a narrow window for utilities, banks and other critical infrastructure to alert the government about cyberattacks, marking a vital yet preliminary step toward establishing a more uniform and robust defense against these incidents. 

The Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act, which was tucked into a government funding bill that President Joe Biden signed Tuesday, represents a major move by federal lawmakers to clamp down on cyberattacks, including increasingly prevalent threats from nation states like Russia and China.

The measure would require a broad range of companies...

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