Tech industry resists government requirement to report breach in 8 hours

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The U.S. tech industry is facing a significant challenge with the proposed cyber incident reporting rules by the government, which now demand IT service providers report security incidents within a mere eight hours and allow federal agencies comprehensive access to their systems post-incident. This move has sparked widespread concern among service providers, who argue that such requirements are not only burdensome but also pose a grave risk to the privacy of non-federal customer data.

The stipulation that incidents must be reported within eight hours is seen as impractical by many in the industry, who contend that such a rapid response could compromise the thoroughness and accuracy of the reports.

Granting agencies full access to systems after an incident raises significant privacy and security concerns, especially regarding the safeguarding of sensitive non-federal customer information.

There’s a strong call from the tech sector for a more unified and streamlined reporting process that balances security needs with privacy protections, aiming to reduce the compliance burden while still effectively addressing cybersecurity threats.

Critics fear that the stringent reporting and access requirements could deter companies from entering into or continuing contracts with federal entities, potentially impacting the government’s ability to leverage private sector innovation and expertise in cybersecurity.

Sources include: The Register

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