Investigations Newsletter: Whistleblower Collects On Cybersecurity FCA Case

On July 31, 2019, Cisco Systems agreed to pay $8.6 million in civil damages to settle claims that it sold video surveillance technology with known security flaws to several state and federal government agencies, including Homeland Security, the Secret Service, the Army, the Navy, the Marines, and the Air Force. Significantly, the company’s settlement includes approximately $1.6 million to a whistleblower, which is the first time a payment has been made on a False Claims Act case involving cybersecurity vulnerabilities.