New Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative Uses False Claims Act to Enforce Cybersecurity Requirements

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The Department of Justice has announced a new Civil Cyber-Fraud initiative which will use the False Claims Act to enforce government contract cybersecurity requirements. The initiative will be led by the Fraud Section of the DOJ Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch. DOJ believes it can bring its experience and resources from its civil fraud enforcement, procurement, and cybersecurity focused attorneys to make this a successful initiative.

In remarks coinciding with the launch of this initiative, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco emphasized that DOJ will seek to impose “very hefty fines” on contractors or grant recipients who fail to comply with their obligations under cybersecurity standards.

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