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Deadlines Approach for Government Contractors on Cybersecurity Compliance

Government contractors are subject to cybersecurity requirements, found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and each agency’s supplement to the FAR, and some important deadlines are fast approaching. Set forth below...more

Government Response to Increasing Cyber Threats

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Government agencies collect and hold massive amounts of personally identifiable information (PII), creating valuable targets for cybercrime. Recently proposed legislation would impose baseline standards for cyber hygiene on...more

The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017: A potential mandate for security standards applicable to...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 August 2017, a bipartisan group of four U.S. senators (Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017....more

Proposed Internet of Things Cybersecurity Bill May Create Hurdles for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

The federal government dramatically has increased its spending in recent years on Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices, including biosensors that can gather medical and security data from soldiers and vehicles in the field;...more

US lawmakers introduce bill to address cybersecurity flaws in the Internet of Things

by DLA Piper on

A bipartisan group of US senators has introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, which seeks to impose baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices sold to the US government. Notably,...more

DoD's Efforts to Secure Information on Contractor Systems Continues, But All Companies Are at Risk and Should Take Steps Now to...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As recent malware, ransomware and distributed denial of service attacks have made clear, the cyber threats posed to governments and commercial entities are real and growing. Critical infrastructure such as power plants,...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Impose Baseline Security Requirements for IoT Devices Provided to U.S. Government

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 1, a bipartisan group of four senators introduced a bill that would impose specific cybersecurity requirements on providers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices when doing business with the U.S. Government and...more

Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Would Impose Substantial New Obligations on Vendors Selling Interconnected Devices to the U.S....

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a bipartisan group of four Senators from the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus introduced legislation designed to improve the cybersecurity of devices purchased by the U.S. government and – albeit...more

D.C. District Court Expands Government Contractors’ Exposure to Consumer Data Breach Class Actions

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently endorsed private citizens bringing data breach claims directly against a government contractor where the contractor failed adequately to safeguard the...more

Unintended Plaintiffs: United States District Court Allows Private Citizens to Sue a Government Contractor For Failing to...

In a remarkable opinion with potentially wide-ranging implications, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently allowed a member of the public to sue a federal government contractor directly for...more

Countdown Begins for Cybersecurity Compliance

by BakerHostetler on

This month marks an important waypoint for defense contractors subject to the new cybersecurity requirements imposed by the Department of Defense. For contractors subject to the requirements of Defense Federal Acquisition...more

The Department of Defense Emphasizes Heightened Cybersecurity Compliance at Industry Information Day Event

by Holland & Knight LLP on

We had the opportunity to attend Department of Defense’s (DoD) Industry Information Day on Friday, June 23, at the Mark Center Auditorium in Alexandria, Virginia. DoD’s Chief Information Officer published advance notice of...more

Patient Safety Issues Highlighted in DOJ Settlement and Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

As we know, the move away from fee for service reimbursement models is not only intended to reduce costs by no longer paying providers based on the volume of services performed, but is also intended to improve the overall...more

Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Considerations for Business - A fuller picture emerges on how the Trump Administration’s first...

On May 11th, in the wake of a series of wide-ranging cyber breaches and attacks plaguing public and private sectors alike, President Trump signed a long-awaited Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal...more

What’s that Cybersecurity FAR Clause Doing In My Contract?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Many contractors we talk to believe that cybersecurity requirements are exclusively a concern of contractors working with DoD or with highly-classified, top secret projects. While perhaps true to some degree in the past, that...more

FAR 52.204-21 And The Future Of Federal Cybersecurity Enforcement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of opening the 2017 Associated General Contractors of America Federal Contractor Conference in Washington, DC with a presentation focused on the emerging issue of Cybersecurity in...more

NISPOM Change 2 Deadlines Coming for Cleared Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

As industry comes up on the one-year anniversary of the publication of Change 2 to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)1, a number of implementation deadlines are drawing near. This blog post...more

Contractors Beware: New Cybersecurity Executive Order Signals a Change in Direction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The White House just issued a long-awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO). The EO is divided into five sections, which we will summarize in turn - Section 1 of the EO includes "policy," "findings," and "risk...more

Government Deadline Looms for Training on Insider Threats

by Baker Donelson on

Almost one year ago, on May 18, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) published Change Two to DoD 5220.22-M, the Department of Defense's "National Industrial Security Operating Manual (NISPOM)." This change required all...more

Insider Threat Program Awareness Training Deadline - Cybersecurity and Privacy Team Alert

In May 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued a requirement for cleared government contractors to establish an “insider threat program” (ITP) to better protect national security networks from...more

Federal Contractors Beware - DHS Proposes Robust Cybersecurity Procurement Regulation to Safeguard Controlled Unclassified...

First and foremost, the proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation to safeguard CUI is internally inconsistent or at the very least ambiguous. It appears to conflate the protection of CUI on a federal...more

Top cybersecurity developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

While all companies should be concerned with their cybersecurity posture, companies in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry are potentially subject to greater risks due to the industry's highly...more

DoD to Host Industry Information Day on Implementation of Cybersecurity Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Dec. 31, 2017 deadline for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to comply with DoD’s cybersecurity and breach reporting requirements is looming. The requirements, which are set forth in DoD’s Oct. 21, 2016, final rule,...more

DOD U.S.-CERT Cybersecurity Incident Reporting for Defense Contractors Effective April 1, 2017

New U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S.-Cert) guidelines around incident reporting went into effect this week (April 1, 2017). The guidelines require all federal departments and agencies, state, local, tribal and...more

DFARS: Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting

by Reed Smith on

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

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