Beware of These 2024 Emerging Technology ThreatsJanuary 2, 2024
Cybersecurity has become paramount for businesses across the globe. As technology advances, so do the threats. Recognizing this, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has introduced new rules. They revolve around cybersecurity. These new requirements are set to significantly impact businesses.
These rules are a response to the growing sophistication of cyber threats. As well as the need for companies to safeguard their sensitive information.
Let’s delve into the key aspects of these new SEC regulations. We’ll review what they are and discuss how they may affect your business
Understanding the New SEC Cybersecurity Requirements
The SEC’s new cybersecurity rules emphasize the importance of proactive cybersecurity measures. These are for businesses operating in the digital landscape. One of the central requirements is the timely reporting of cybersecurity incidents. The other is the disclosure of comprehensive cybersecurity programs.
The rules impact U.S. registered companies. As well as foreign private issuers registered with the SEC.
Reporting of Cybersecurity Incidents
The first rule is the disclosure of cybersecurity incidents deemed to be “material.” Companies disclose these on a new item 1.05 of Form 8-K.
Companies have a time limit for disclosure. This is within four days of the determination that an incident is material. The company should disclose the nature, scope, and timing of the impact. It also must include the material impact of the breach. One exception to the rule is where disclosure poses a national safety or security risk.
Disclosure of Cybersecurity Protocols
This rule requires extra information that companies must report. They report this on their annual Form 10-K filing.
The extra information companies must disclose includes:
- Their processes for assessing, identifying, and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats.
- Risks from cyber threats that have or are likely to materially affect the company
- The board of directors’ oversight of cybersecurity risks
- Management’s role and expertise in assessing and managing cybersecurity threats.