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DOJ’s Cyber Fraud Initiative: A Wake-up Call That Keeps Ringing

DOJ’s Cyber Fraud Initiative has been a wake-up call for companies to prioritize cybersecurity and adhere to stringent standards. By leveraging the FCA, DOJ has used a powerful enforcement tool to target a wide range of cybersecurity failures and misrepresentations. The increasing focus on cybersecurity by enforcement agencies means that robust cybersecurity practices are becoming a standard expectation, not just a best practice.

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In an era where digital threats loom large, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken several steps to safeguard a strong national cybersecurity framework. In particular, on October 6, 2021, DOJ announced the Cyber-Fraud Initiative (the Initiative), which uses the False Claims Act (FCA) to combat cybersecurity fraud committed by government contractors and grant recipients. See, “Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Announces New Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative,” Office of Public Affairs Department of Justice (Oct. 2, 2021).

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