At House SolarWinds hearing, bipartisan lawmakers announce breach disclosure bill

At a joint hearing of the House Oversight and Homeland Security Committee about the SolarWinds-related espionage campaign, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said that he and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., are working on legislation to require companies to notify the federal government after similar breaches.

The Friday House hearing was the second hearing of the week on the topic, with the Senate Intelligence Committee holding a similar hearing on Tuesday. It was the House’s first public opportunity to interrogate key figures in companies tied to the attack, which involved malicious update in SolarWinds Orion IT management platform to breach a number of federal agencies and companies, including Microsoft and the security firm FireEye.

Like the senate hearing, a common suggestion for policy repeated by both lawmakers and witnesses was the need to require businesses or breach responders to disclose grievous breaches to the government in some form.

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