Pentagon Orders Contractors to Disclose System Hacks Within 72 Hours; Robert Nichols Comments

CyberCrimeKeyboardThe Pentagon has released a new directive that requires contractors to disclose corporate hacks to their agency clients within 72 hours after the incident is discovered, Nextgov reported Monday.

Aliya Sternstein writes failure to comply with the new regulation could result in a termination of the company’s contract with its customer.

Contractors must report on which contract is impacted, location of the compromise and description of the incident, according to the report.

Robert Nichols, co-chair of Covington & Burling‘s government contracts practice, told an industry event that vendors could “face potential false claims liability if they are putting in invoices, saying, impliedly ‘We are complying with these standards,’ but they are really not,” Nextgov reports.

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