DOJ official: Expect more cybersecurity false claim enforcements

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The announcement of a record year in several areas of False Claims Act enforcement at the Department of Justice (DOJ) was accompanied by a warning that more significant cases are coming, particularly regarding cybersecurity-related claims.

“[W]e will continue to dedicate resources to investigating companies that fail to comply with their cybersecurity obligations,” said Civil Division Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton in remarks delivered Thursday at a Federal Bar Association conference. “We expect these cases to continue to be a significant area of enforcement in the coming years.”

In 2021, the DOJ launched its Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, under which it seeks to hold accountable government contractors that fail to follow federal cybersecurity requirements. The initiative has been a driving force behind notable enforcement actions against companies including Verizon and Aerojet Rocketdyne.

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