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Mandatory Changes Proposed to UK Government Contracts’ Data Privacy Terms

The UK government has announced that it intends to write to all government contractors in order to make unilateral changes to all UK government contracts to comply with impending changes in EU data privacy law....more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Signals Towards the Federal Government’s Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the seventh blog post in a series analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as signed into law on December 12, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts covering additional topics in...more

Information Security In Government and Defense Contracting: New and Upcoming Requirements

by Locke Lord LLP on

As many contractors know well, federal and defense acquisition processes can be a complicated, rule-intensive process subject to frequent change. Fortunately, some recent changes appear to be well designed to provide for...more

2017, We Hardly Knew You: A Look Ahead to 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Taking over as editors of Holland & Knight’s Government Contracts Blog has been a labor, but it has been a labor of love. Like the rest of the Government Contracts Team, we are passionate about staying on top of the latest...more

US Government Contractors Face New Cybersecurity Requirements

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As of December 31, 2017, many United States government contractors face a new compliance requirement involving cybersecurity. This requirement will govern most new Department of Defense (DoD) contracts and, significantly,...more

December 31, 2017 Deadline for Cybersecurity under DFARS 252.204-7012 Re-Interpreted

The DoD clarifies its expectation for full compliance to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) residing on Contractor Systems from cyber incidents. A defense contractor’s updated and current System Security...more

Happy Cybersecurity New Year

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

After the ball drops in Times Square this New Year’s Eve, many DoD contractors will wake up with a headache. And I don’t mean from too much champagne. I’m talking about extensive DoD cybersecurity requirements these...more

NIST Releases Highly-Anticipated Draft Special Publication on Assessing the Security Requirements in NIST SP 800-171 for...

Pursuant to DFARS 252.204-7012, DoD contractors are to implement the security requirements in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 by December 31, 2017. NIST SP 800-171 includes security requirements for protecting...more

5 Key Takeaways: Government Contractors: Best Practices & Prevention Strategies for Data Breaches

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Gunjan Talati and Chris Henel, members of the firm’s Government Contracting Team, recently presented a webinar in collaboration with Federal Publications’ Cybersecurity Institute on best practices and...more

Final Countdown to DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance

Most federal defense contractors are aware that December 31, 2017, is the deadline for them to comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled...more

Data Breaches in 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we near the end of the year and look back on 2017, both the number of data breaches and magnitude of these breaches stand out. There have been over forty very significant breaches of data stored on cloud computing systems...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

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

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

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