As any business knows, it’s not just the business itself that is vulnerable to cyberattack, it’s the third parties that the business partners with as well. Hackers reportedly triggered Target’s massive data breach through a HVAC vendor, after all.

But now, the U.S. government has also recognized the need for third party security, especially in the wake of breaches on two of the government’s largest background check partners. On July 30, the White House requested public comment on draft guidance, seeking to improve cybersecurity regulations in Federal acquisitions.

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