DOJ Announces New Cyber-Fraud Initiative Promoting False Claims Act Enforcement Against Contractors and Grantees Failing to Follow Cybersecurity Standards

Anthony Mirenda, Stephen Garvey, and Natalie Panariello of Foley Hoag write:

As we anticipated last spring, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has signaled that it will utilize civil enforcement of the False Claims Act (FCA) to address new and emerging cybersecurity threats. On October 6, 2021, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the launch of a new cyber-fraud initiative led by the Fraud Section of DOJ’s Commercial Litigation Branch. The new initiative will focus FCA enforcement against federal government contractors or grant recipients who fail to follow required cybersecurity standards. Essentially, DOJ is using the threat of the FCA to increase the pressure on companies to adopt and maintain cybersecurity best practices.

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Joseph J. Lazzarotti, Jason C. Gavejian & Maya Atrakchi of JacksonLewis also offer their perspective on the initiative on Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report.

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