White House, Congress Considering Breach Notification Mandates

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The Biden administration is reportedly preparing an executive order to require contractors to notify government customers in the event of a cybersecurity breach. Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) intend to introduce bills to make breach notifications standard in government and in the private sector.

Breach notification has not become a standard federal contract requirement thus far, largely due to the lack of a central directive for it. The private sector has also resisted over concerns about who in the government will get access to trade secrets and proprietary information and what types of incidents would require notification.

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