Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity (CS) Activities

The Pentagon has released a final rule that greatly expands the number of defense industrial base (DIB) companies that can receive cybersecurity intelligence from DoD on a voluntary basis. The latest rule updates the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity (CS) Program and will allow all defense contractors “who own or operate an unclassified information system that processes, stores, or transmits covered defense information to benefit from bilateral information sharing.” The final rule comes after the DoD gathered public feedback on the changes last summer. “We do this to continue to move forward to reduce cyber risk and to bolster cybersecurity,” Diedra Padgett, deputy director of the DIB Operations Directorate, said in announcing the proposed revision to the program in May 2023. “This has been a long-fought battle for years in the making,” she said. The new rule will take effect on April 11, according to a notice posted to the Federal Register on Tuesday.

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