U.S. Government Pushes Companies to Address Cyberthreats
Cyberattacks have become more frequent and the Obama administration is encouraging companies to enhance cybersecurity protocols. New legislation from the administration also requires certain defense contracts to disclose when they are breached.
The legislation affects contracts classified as "operationally critical contractors" who are a critical source of military equipment like those in the airline and maritime industry. Government Contracts attorney Mary Beth Bosco explains that the federal government wants to make sure the systems handling information about certain transports are safe from hackers.
"If you could hack into the airline's commercial carrier systems, you would learn a lot about where U.S. troops and supplies are getting deployed," said Ms. Bosco.