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SEC Urges Clearer Disclosures About Cybersecurity Risks

Accepted submission by Arthur T Knackerbracket at 2018-02-23 08:11:33

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Title: Sec Urges Clearer Disclosures About Cybersecurity Risks - Cnet

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Sec Urges Clearer Disclosures About Cybersecurity Risks - Cnet

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday issued new guidance on how and when public companies should disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches.

The "interpretive guidance" document (PDF []) urges informing investors of risks in a timely fashion, including vulnerabilities that have not yet been targeted by hackers. The guidance also says executives should refrain from trading in the company's stock while in possession of nonpublic information about significant cybersecurity attacks.

The commission, which unanimously approved the updated guidance, believes the document will help "promote clearer and more robust disclosure by companies about cybersecurity risks and incidents, resulting in more complete information being available to investors," SEC Chairman Jon Clayton said in a statement [].

The commission's guidance comes amid a surge in wide-reaching cybersecurity hacks and vulnerabilities, including one last year at Equifax in which cybercrooks stole a treasure trove of personal [] information from as many as 143 million people in the US. The credit-monitoring firm said it learned of the massive hack in July, but it waited until September -- more than a month -- to reveal it publicly.

Three days after the company discovered the breach, nearly $1.8 million in stock trades were made by Equifax executives, including the company's chief financial officer. The company has said the stock sales were pre-scheduled, but the US Justice Department has reportedly opened a criminal investigation into the trades.

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