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Biden Executive Order Expected to Use Federal Procurement Process to Fight Cyber Attacks

A new Executive Order that is being drafted by the Biden administration is expected to bake requirements into the federal procurement process that will help the U.S. defend itself against sophisticated cyber attacks aimed at federal contractors who have access to sensitive government information. The EO, which reportedly will be finalized and signed in the coming days, will likely set forth new requirements related to working with the FBI and the Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and reportedly include standards for software development. It is expected that the EO will drive changes via updates and amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the associated Agency Supplements. Government contractors large and small should be on the lookout for this EO, which will impact them surely.

The order, which is still being drafted, lays out a series of new requirements for companies that do business with the government. The initiative includes plans for more systematic investigations of cyber events and standards for software development. The idea is to use the federal contracting process to force changes that will eventually trickle down to the rest of the private sector.

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cybersecurity, government procurement, federal contractors

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