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DFARS: Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting

Data protection and cybersecurity have been receiving ever-increasing attention within the U.S. federal government. Last October, the DoD issued two final rules that changed the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) Federal...more

OMB Claims Federal Progress on FISMA in 2016 But Much Work Remains

Earlier this week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued its 2016 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (“FISMA”) Annual Report. FISMA (last amended 2014) charges OMB with tracking the extent...more

Are Your Federal Contractor Employees Required To Have Privacy Training?

The Federal Acquisition Regulations were recently updated to include a requirement that certain federal contractors provide privacy training to some of their employees. The training obligation does not apply to all employees...more

NIST in the House – Empowering the Nation’s Cybersecurity Standards-Maker To Head Off Increasing Cyber Threats to the Government...

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently received a vote of confidence in the U.S. House of Representatives that may increase its role and authority in defending the nation from cyber threats. On...more

New Privacy Training Requirement for Certain Federal Government Contractor Employees

Federal government contractors are now required to provide annual privacy training for employees who (1) have access to a system of records, (2) handle personally identifiable information (PII), or (3) design, develop,...more

DoD Issues New FAQs on Cybersecurity Compliance

Although DoD remains on the cutting edge of cybersecurity protections in the government contracts world, it continues to hone and refine that edge. Recently, DoD issued an updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for...more

OMB Federal Agency Data Breach Guidelines – Considerations for Industry

Earlier in February, the Executive Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued Memorandum M-17-12 to federal agencies to set out guidelines and procedures for preparing for or responding to a breach involving the release...more

Public Information Act: Trade Secret Loophole Threatens Government Transparency

Do you trust your government (and what it does with your tax dollars)? If you answered, “No”—or even hesitated a bit—then you probably believe in government transparency. In Texas, a key to open government for citizens and...more

Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Theft of Government Property

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a former contractor of a defense contractor has been indicted for stealing over 75 percent of hacking tools belonging to the Nations Security Agency’s offensive...more

5 FAQs on the New Federal Contractor Privacy Training Requirement

Federal government contractors must comply with new privacy training procedures as a result of a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and...more

The Risks and Implications of Failing to Comply with U.S. Government Cyber and IT Requirements

This article summarizes some of the many risks and implications that are associated with failing to comply with U.S. government-unique cyber and information technology requirements. We are often asked by small and...more

Federal Contractors Must Provide Privacy Training - Follow The 5-Step Plan To Ensure Compliance

Effective immediately, federal contractors will need to comply with privacy training rules intended to ensure that their workforces protect personally identifiable information. As of January 19, 2017, federal contractors will...more

The Department Of Homeland Security Proposes New Rules Affecting Federal Government Contractors

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued three proposed rules expanding data security and privacy requirements for contractors and subcontractors. The proposed rules build upon other recent efforts by...more

PII Training Required for Government Contractors, Effective Jan. 19

Beginning January 19, federal government contracts will contain additional training requirements for contractors who deal with personally identifiable information (PII) or with a system of records....more

Alert: New Privacy Training Requirements for Companies with Federal Government Contracts

Effective January 19, 2017, companies awarded federal government contracts will be required to ensure that their employees receive annual privacy training if those employees (1) handle personally identifiable information...more

The White House’s Revisions to its Breach Response Policy For Federal Agencies and Departments Also Affect Contractors

On January 3, 2017, the Obama Administration issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies setting for a comprehensive policy for handling breaches of personally identifiable information (the “Memorandum”),...more

Switches and Sweets: Belsnickel Brings Defense Contractors and Subcontractors New Cybersecurity Controls in Preholiday Revisions...

If you are aware of German Christmas folklore (and really, who isn’t?), you know that Belsnickel is a legendary companion of St. Nick who carries a switch with which to punish naughty children and a pocketful of sweets to...more

The FAR Council Wishes Contractors a Happy New ‘Privacy Training’

The FAR Council issued a final rule on December 20, 2016, amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add FAR Subpart 24.3, requiring privacy training for all contractor employees who (1) access a system of records;...more

Five Takeaways: How the SAFETY Act Can Help Protect Your Technology or Cybersecurity Business

Gunjan R. Talati, partner in the Government Contracts and Construction & Infrastructure Group recently presented at ING3NIOUS’ 2016 Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection Retreat. Gunjan was on a panel titled “The...more

DFARS and DIB: Compliance Steps for DoD’s Newly Finalized Cybersecurity Rules for Contractors

For businesses that work with the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”), two important rules for safeguarding certain categories of sensitive information and reporting cyber incidents were recently finalized, updating the...more

Department of Defense Issues Final Rule on Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services

Last week, the Department of Defense adopted as final, with several changes, its interim rule amending the DFARS on “Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services.” The changes went into effect...more

Department of Defense (DoD) Issues Final Rule on Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Related Information Security...

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) issued a final rule (the “final rule”) codifying the specific actions DoD contractors and subcontractors must take to adequately safeguard “covered defense information”...more

DoD Finalizes Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Rule

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule following-up on the interim rules it had issued on August 26 and December 30, 2015, regarding safeguarding contractor networks and purchasing cloud...more

DoD issues final rule on covered defense information clarifying contractor obligations

The US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a rule on Friday, October 21, 2016, finalizing its information security and cyber incident reporting requirements. The rule, Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud...more

DoD Updates Cyber Incident Reporting Rule

On October 4, 2016, a final rule implementing statutory requirements for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors and subcontractors to report cyber incidents that result in an actual or potentially adverse effect on a covered...more

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