In response to a number of recent high-profile cyber attacks aimed at federal agencies, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO) on May 12, 2021. The EO which created a new Cyber Safety Review Board to review major cyber incidents and requires information and communications technology (ICT) service providers entering
Earlier in February, the Executive Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued Memorandum M-17-12 to federal agencies to set out guidelines and procedures for preparing for or responding to a breach involving the release of personally identifiable information (“PII”). The OMB’s suggested framework specifically aims to “[assess] and mitigate the risk of harm to individuals potentially affected by a breach,” and to provide “guidance on whether and how to provide notification and services to those individuals.” The implementation of common federal agency standards and processes is oriented to not only streamline the way agencies deal with the release of PII, but to also ensure that the federal government is capable of handling data breaches in an effective and efficient manner.
Among the more notable requirements in the guidelines are those imposed on federal contractors who collect or maintain federal information, or who use or operate information systems on behalf of a federal agency. The OMB outlines terms for agencies to incorporate into federal contracts and cooperative agreements, including requiring that contractors and subcontractors:
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