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In the event of a cybersecurity incident with material consequences, companies must promptly submit a Form 8-K. The evaluation of whether the incident is “material” hinges on its impact on operations and compromised data. If additional relevant information surfaces, companies are obligated to update their previously filed forms. However, any delay in disclosure is allowed only if approved by the U.S. Attorney General. Being well-prepared beforehand is crucial for companies to meet stringent reporting timelines and make well-informed decisions.
2. Timely Reporting of Cybersecurity Incidents
Companies must adhere to a strict timeline for disclosure by submitting Form 8-K within four business days of identifying a material cybersecurity incident. Nevertheless, there is a provision that permits delayed disclosure under certain circumstances. If the United States Attorney General determines that immediate disclosure could significantly jeopardize national security or public safety, the company may delay disclosure. However, this delay is contingent upon notifying the SEC in writing about the situation.
3. Enhanced Cybersecurity Risk Management Disclosure
This enhanced disclosure provides investors with valuable insights into the company’s preparedness and proactive approach to addressing cybersecurity challenges.
4. Corporate Governance and Management’s Role
Under New Item 106(c) of Regulation S-K, companies must disclose two essential aspects of cybersecurity:
This ensures that cybersecurity risk management is given equal importance as other significant business risks and is closely monitored at the highest levels of corporate governance. Investors gain insights into the company’s commitment to cybersecurity and its ability to address potential threats effectively.
5. Disclosures for Foreign Private Issuers
This move ensures a consistent level of transparency across all companies, irrespective of their geographic location.
Timelines for Adoption
Who does it Impact?
The new SEC cybersecurity rule aims to enhance transparency regarding company breaches and ensure prompt notification of cybersecurity incidents to the public. As a result, several parties will be affected by this rule change, including:
Navigating the New Rules
By following these steps, corporate executives can navigate the cybersecurity disclosure rules, meet their compliance requirements safeguarding their companies’ reputation, financial stability, and overall resilience in the face of evolving cyber threats.
Source: Kirkland & Ellis
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