Some private sector advocates support a Defense Department policy change requiring contractors to implement cybersecurity measures and report hacking incidents that result in unclassified data losses, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
Marjorie Censer writes the Pentagon issued the rule to better safeguard technical information at the controlled unclassified network level.
“Defense contractors throughout the department’s supply chain have been targeted by cyber criminals attempting to steal unclassified technical data,” Frank Kendall, DoD’s top acquisition officer, said in a statement obtained by the Post.
Censer reports the regulation also seeks to reduce the compliance burden on defense firms while deploying network protection efforts.
“There should be no guessing that the contractor has to do about whether information is covered or not covered,” Elizabeth Ferrell, a partner at public policy firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, told the Post.