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The CyberWire

11 Mar 2022

Alex Iftimie spoke to The CyberWire about the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act, a reporting mandate that would require critical infrastructure operations to notify the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within 72 hours of a breach and 24 hours of a ransomware payment.

“The new law is the first federal statutory requirement for private sector reporting of cyber incidents,” Alex said. “The requirement will apply to energy, financial services, food and agriculture, healthcare, and information technology, among other critical infrastructure sectors. A number of key provisions—including the precise scope of critical infrastructure entities to which the requirement will apply and the types of cybersecurity incidents that will require reporting—are left to be further defined through CISA regulations, so it will be important to monitor how the requirements evolve.”

He added: “A critical task for CISA is to work with other agencies to harmonize reporting requirements and to create one door for the reporting of cyber incidents to the federal government, to replace the regulatory patchwork that currently exists.”

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