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Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with free speech implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on November 8, 2017, affirmed the denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the identities of the Glassdoor...more

Avoiding Data Breaches: Lessons From Regulations

by Revision Legal on

In January of 2017, an amendment to the Federal Acquisitions Regulation (“FAR”) went into effect related to protecting private personal information and requiring privacy training for all federal government contractors. The...more

Changes to Supply Chain Management and Commercial Item Contracting in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA includes provisions that simplify and others that complicate contractor responsibilities. Proposed supply chain diligence...more

DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance Countdown: Are You Ready?

by Blank Rome LLP on

It’s almost here. After years of rulemaking, covered defense contractors will soon be fully subject to heightened cybersecurity standards for covered defense information (“CDI”) on IT systems under DFARS 252.204-7012, and...more

Want To Pan Your Employer Online? Be Careful!

Your reviews of your employer may not be as anonymous as you think. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed an order directing Glassdoor, Inc., to disclose information about eight individuals who...more

Three October Bid Protest Decisions That May Affect Your Business

• First, an awardee is responsible for keeping tabs on what happens in a protest of its award, or it may not be able to submit its own challenge if the protest is sustained. • Second, mere compliance with cybersecurity...more

Healthcare Employers, Beware: HIPAA Whistleblowers Could Be (Legally) Leaking Protected Health Information

by Fisher Phillips on

In this day and age, healthcare employers are quite familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of patients’ confidential health information. After all, in the...more

Want to Learn More About Fighting Negative CPARS Ratings, Privacy in Government Contracting, the Mandatory Disclosure Rule or Just...

The fall brings many nice things: cooler weather, beautiful leaves, and of course, the Government’s fiscal year end. To those wondering where in the world Kilpatrick’s government contracts attorneys have been (because they...more

Imminent Deadline Looms for Government Contractors on Cybersecurity Compliance

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Now that the government fiscal year end has passed, government contractors that handle controlled unclassified information (“CUI”) must turn their attention – if they haven’t already – to the quickly approaching calendar year...more

DoD Cyber Compliance Deadline Fast Approaching – Here’s What Government Contractors Need to Know

by McGuireWoods LLP on

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractors face new cybersecurity compliance requirements, including a significant deadline set for December 31, 2017. Most DoD contracts now include clauses imposing obligations on...more

Deadline For DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance Approaching

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Last week, I spoke in Portland, Oregon about cybersecurity requirements for federal contractors at an all-day seminar hosted by the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition. Speakers from the Department of Defense, the FBI, and...more

Another Bumpy Week for Equifax: Virus Hits Website, IRS Suspends Contract and Hacked UK Residents Notified

It was another chaotic week for Equifax Inc., still scrambling to stem the torrent of bad news after its massive data breach last month that has potentially affected more than half of the U.S.’s adult population....more

Two End-of-Year Federal Government Deadlines Approaching

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Significant Changes to Online Copyright (DMCA) Safe Harbor and DoD Contractor Cybersecurity (NIST 800-171) Requirements Take Effect at the End of This Year. Important Change Affecting Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc.: A Stark Reminder to Government Contractors of their Cybersecurity Obligations

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in a class action lawsuit, McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc., Civ. Action No. 15-1157 (GK) (D.D.C. 2017), which could have...more

DoD Issues Guidance for Compliance with Cybersecurity Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In recently released guidance, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) confirms a "one size does not fit all" approach to contractor compliance with its cybersecurity clauses that cover the safeguarding of contractor networks,...more

Kaspersky: Back in the News and What to Do About the Order to Stop Using Kaspersky Products and Services

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Kaspersky Lab is once again in the news as questions are being raised about the role of Kaspersky software in a reported hack of the National Security Agency. The story repeats the all-too-frequent scenario of an employee—in...more

DoD Contractor’s DFARS Cybersecurity Deadline

At this time last year, the Department of Defense issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) intended to better protect controlled data and national security networks from cybersecurity threats....more

Alert: DoD Contractors Required to Meet Cybersecurity Requirements by Year End

by Cooley LLP on

The window for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors to bring themselves into compliance with cybersecurity requirements is closing. Specifically, changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “Rules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation Database” ...more

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

Lessons for Employers from a Recent ALJ Decision Narrowing the DOL’s Requests for Employees’ Contact Information

by Vedder Price on

When a government agency requests the contact information for a company’s employees, whether by subpoena, CID or otherwise, its knee-jerk reaction may be to produce the data without a second thought. After all, failing to...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

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