Federal contractors should incorporate baseline cybersecurity measures into their operations as well as their products or services, recommends a joint Defense Department and General Services Administration committee.
Using the federal acquisition system to force contractors into better cybersecurity practices isn’t a new idea, acknowledges the report – which is dated November but was made public only on Jan. 24. In December, the Pentagon finalized a rule requiring contractor protections over unclassified defense information and instituting intrusion reporting requirements.
And in August 2012, the federal government already proposed requiring contractor information systems to adopt basic safeguards.
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