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States enact safe harbor laws against cyberattacks, but demand adoption of cybersecurity frameworks

March 29, 2021

CSO Online

While sophisticated ransomware and nation-state threat actors target US critical infrastructure, the only protection most organizations have against these attacks is tight and effective cybersecurity. These attacks have drawn government attention and sparked calls for liability protection against malicious intrusions. If organizations want this protection, however, lawmakers say they need to step up their game to implement better cybersecurity practices.

Against the backdrop of this heightened federal-level focus, a number of states have quietly moved forward with their own liability exemption measures that seek to boost best cybersecurity practices. These states have enacted laws that incentivize the adoption of robust and thorough industry-leading cybersecurity frameworks and recommendations such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s [NIST] Cybersecurity Framework or the Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) Critical Security Controls by making them requirements for obtaining liability protections.

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