Top Government Officials Say Software Providers Should Bear Liability for Insecure Code
The panelists at the event were Jen Easterly, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2023 Wash100 winner; Kemba Walden, the acting national cyber director; Nathaniel Fick, the Department of State’s ambassador for cyberspace and digital policy; and Marshall Miller, the Department of Justice’s principal associate deputy attorney general.
In line with a core principle of the National Cybersecurity Strategy, Easterly and Walden agreed that accountability for flawed software code should not fall to end users. According to the CISA director, encouraging safety-first software design means that developers should be held responsible for following best practices.
Miller highlighted ongoing Justice Department efforts to enforce new contracting and procurement rules with a focus on ensuring that software vendors disclose cyber incidents and technical deficiencies, Nextgov reported Thursday.
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