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The DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued a fact sheet for federal agencies and others covered by new reporting requirements of the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022, which was incorporated into the catchall budget measure for the remainder of the current fiscal year enacted in March.

“When cyber incidents are reported quickly, CISA can use this information to render assistance and provide a warning to prevent other organizations and entities from falling victim to a similar attack. This information is also critical to identifying trends that can help efforts to protect the homeland,” it says.

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Activities that should be shared with CISA include unauthorized access to a system; denial of service attacks that last more than 12 hours; malicious code on systems, including variants if known; targeted and repeated scans against services; repeated attempts to gain unauthorized access; email or mobile messages associated with phishing attempts or successes; and ransomware against critical infrastructure, include variant and ransom details.

It encourages agencies to use a standard reporting form including information specifying the incident, a narrative of the event, the number of people or systems affected, and more.

CISA added that is beginning a formal rule-making process under the law but for the meantime it “continues to encourage our stakeholders to voluntarily share information about cyber-related events that could help mitigate current or emerging cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure.”

The fact sheet is at https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Sharing_Cyber_Event_Information_Fact_Sheet_FINAL_v4.pdf.

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