After two major hearings on Solarigate, one domestic policy proposal grabbed the spotlight: requiring organizations to alert the government to major cyber incidents in the interest of national security. Experts say the idea has merit  – if only legislators can balance the promise with the potential liability and burden placed upon industry.

The SolarWinds affair, where an actor believed to be Russia used malicious updates in the SolarWinds IT platform and other vectors to hack several government agencies and private firms, came to light when FireEye publicly came forward as a victim.

But what if they had opted not to do so? There is currently no law that requires FireEye or any company to alert the government publicly or privately. Many believe there should be.

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